During the last week of Jesus’ life, he gathered his followers together and had one final meal with them. He instituted what we call today communion or the Lord’s Supper and in doing so, he set a reminder for his followers so that we never forget what he did for us. Reminders are useful. I know I need them to help me navigate our constantly busy calendar. And when my wife and I transitioned from flip phones to smart phones (we were late to the that party), our digital calendar became our lifeline. Every event we have will send our phones an audible notification 10 minutes before as a last-ditch effort to keep us from being late or totally forgetting someplace we want or have to be.
It seems absurd that we would need a reminder of something as big as Jesus dying for us but we do. Jesus knew what he was doing when he asked His disciples to “do this in remembrance of me.” This reminder is different than helping us remember when and where we need to be. This reminder aids us in remembering our sins and failures. It reminds us of our need for salvation. It reminds us of a great God who leaves his throne behind and dwells among us. It reminds us that his love is greater than the darkness of the world. It reminds us that we are free from our sins. It reminds us we have reason to celebrate. And that’s a reminder worth having notifications about!
Scripture: Luke 22:14-20
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.