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Our World and Remembrance | DAY TWENTY-SIX

SCRIPTURE READING

“On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrifice the Passover lamb, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare the Passover so that you may eat it?”

So he sent two of his disciples and told them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Wherever he enters, tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there.” So the disciples went out, entered the city, and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

When evening came, he arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining and eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”

They began to be distressed and to say to him one by one, “Surely not I?”

He said to them, “It is one of the Twelve—the one who is dipping bread in the bowl with me. For the Son of Man will go just as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for him if he had not been born.”

As they were eating, he took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Mark 14:12-22 CSB

 

THINKING FURTHER

THOUGHTS:
To those outside the church the Lord’s Supper is very strange. In the early centuries of the church there were even those that accused Christians of being cannibals, because Christians ate the body and drank the blood of their founder. But the Lord’s Supper is part of a much older story, one that began in the Garden of Eden. That start involves, a beautiful good creation, a fallen and sinful human race, a chosen people, that were enslaved and then freed by God’s power, and a promise of restoration. It also involves the sacrifice of the very Son of God. It is the story of the Bible, one that is both true and provides our very hope for reconciliation with God. This entire story is what the Lord’s Supper is celebrating. But why are we commanded to celebrate the Lord’s Supper so often? The reason is simple. We are forgetful people. Time and time again in this incredible true story God’s own people have fallen away from him for the simple reason that they ceased to remember what he had told them. Forgetfulness is at the root of much sin. As James said, it is like looking at ourselves in mirror and forgetting who we are (James 1:23-24). We are part of an incredible, beautiful story, because the entire history of the world is really just HIS-story. Let us remember, always.

Prayer Focus:
Let us pray and reflect on the beauty and necessity of the Lord’s Supper and why we do it as Christian’s. Let us pray that God would bring to our remembrance all that he has done to save us. Let us pray for those coming this Sunday to Easter, that what we confirm in Christ together might remain with us as we leave.