From my earliest childhood memories of attending worship services until this very day, I have seen tables like the one above with the same words chiseled on the front.
This Do In Remembrance Of Me
They are the words Jesus uttered when he instituted the Supper. Luke records it this way. “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’”
On this day, when Christians meet all over the world, we come to remember Christ. We eat the bread and drink the fruit of the vine, not only as a means of worship but as a visual symbol of remembrance.
There’s a lot to remember about Jesus when we come to communion, but these three thoughts worthy of our reflection.
#1 We remember His ministry.
Luke says, “He went about doing good.” The blind received sight. The lame walked. Demons were exorcised. The dead were raised. The hungry were fed. Lepers were cleansed. Fevers dissipated. And life-threatening diseases disappeared.
Jesus’ ministry was one of selfless service. He came to show us the love, compassion, and the heart of God. When I come to communion, I remember His ministry and the motives behind it. And I am challenged to follow in His footsteps doing good.
#2 We remember His message.
Jesus gave hope to the hopeless. Encouragement to the discouraged. And a new purpose to the aimless. He spoke unlike anyone they had ever heard. He spoke with authority. And with God-like compassion and understanding.
His message challenged people to a higher level of living; to nobler aspirations; to deeper devotion; and to an eternal perspective regarding material matters.
His message was called “The New Good News.” The Gospel. And it revealed a way for fallen man to be reunited in fellowship with God. Communion speaks to that Divine connection.
#3 We remember His mission.
His ministry and his message were all tied to his mission. He said he came to “seek and save the lost” ((Lk 19:10). To break down the barriers that separated mankind from God. His mission was about salvation, redemption, and justification for fallen humanity.
His mission can be summed up in one verse. John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Today, wherever you’re worshiping around the world, may your communion service be a time of personal remembrance. As you eat and drink, remember His ministry, message, and mission that lead Him to a sacrificial death on the cross. For me. And for you.
May the sentiment “this do in remembrance of Me,” be more than words carved on a wooden table, but a life and a purpose etched in our minds and engraved on our hearts.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman