What does it mean to “remember the Lord” as we observe the Lord’s Supper? To remember is not only to reflect on what Christ did for us on Calvery, but also on who He is. God knew that even the greatest minds would eventually forget his priceless sacrifice and many of the miracles and wonders that He performed. That’s why throughout the Bible, we find precious reminders of who He is and what He has done.
A few examples:
The Rainbow: God provided the rainbow to remind us that He would never flood the earth again and that He keeps His promises (Gen. 9:13-16). The Passover Feast and Celebration: This is a powerful reminder of how God passed over His people because of the blood over the door posts. Today, we are reminded of how God’s judgment passes over us because of His blood. (Exodus 12:11-14).
The 12 Large Stones: The stones were placed on the other side of the Jordan River so that in the generations to come, when people were traveling and saw the stones, and someone asked, “What do these stones mean?”, the people of God could tell them about the provision of God in helping His people cross the Jordan (Joshua 4:7).
The Lord’s Supper: Perhaps the greatest memorial of all! It helps us to reflect and think about who Jesus is and what He has done for us. (Excerpt from Luke 22: 14-19) Jesus said to His disciples: “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”. After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes”. 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”.
Every time we observe the Lord’s Supper, let us remind ourselves that it is not only a memorial to our Lord, but a powerful reminder of who Christ is, what He has done for us, and what He has promised.
Pastor R. Mario Howell