Luke 22:19-20, “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’ After supper He took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with My blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.’”
The Israelites slaughtered a lamb without blemish and placed its blood over their doors to spare their firstborns as the angel of death passed over enacting God’s final plague on Egypt. After the sacrifice, the lambs were roasted and served with unleavened bread signifying God’s provision and the deliverance of His people. Therefore, Passover supper became the most sacred annual Jewish feast. Jesus is our flawless Passover Lamb.
Never succumbing to a single fleshly desire, Jesus gave His flesh for us. For this reason, He passed out bread for the disciples to eat and said, “Do this in remembrance of Me”. Then He lifted a cup of wine and said, “This is My blood”, shed to free us from the bondage of sin and death. Therefore, God gave us communion to memorialize His free gift of forgiveness and grace—something we don’t deserve.
Communion also serves as a reminder of who and Whose we are. It brings awareness to the vitality and quality of life that began in us the moment we entered into a loving personal relationship with Jesus. And it’s a marker of life change. Our lives are forever changed once Christ walks through the door of our hearts, cleanses us, and removes all of the unwanted trash and wreckage of our former selves. So the next time you receive a little cup of juice and a tiny cracker, don’t take for granted the magnitude of the occasion—our sin debt paid in full on the Cross by the Savior’s blood. But receive it with joy in celebration of God’s tremendous gift—with awesome gratitude as an expression of the greatest love ever known—that Christ laid down His life for ours.
Give thanks to God for always having your best interest at heart. And ask Him to reveal any hypocrisy within your life in order be a carrier of His forgiveness and grace.
Over the next week approach everything and everyone with an attitude of gratitude. Each day post something you’re thankful for on social media. Not only will this help you express your appreciation to God, it will serve as a reminder for others to do the same.
“On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.” Joshua 4:19-20
Every memorial stands as a reminder of something powerful that has happened. In today’s Scripture, Joshua built a reminder of what God had done for the Israelites. But there’s more to this memorial than that. The word “Gilgal” means “to roll away old defeat.” In other words, this is a reminder of the victory God had given. That word picture brings to mind the ultimate memorials—the cross and the empty tomb. God has rolled away your old defeat and given you ultimate victory in Jesus Christ. And now, God says, ‘It’s time to roll into the future!’
Thank God for the work He did in constructing the ultimate memorial. Thank Him for rolling away your defeats and giving you victory through Christ!
Read about the ultimate victory that you have been given in 1 Corinthians 15:54-58.
“These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel.'" Joshua 4:7
When something significant happens in in our lives, we have a desire to remember it. It’s the reason we take vacation photos or write letters to loved ones. We want to have something tangible that ties us to our past. Why? Because we want to appreciate what has happened. That desire to appreciate our past is given to us by God. He wants us to be thankful and thoughtful about what has happened in our lives, because it’s helps us in sharing our story. What do you have today that reminds you of the past and helps you communicate to others in the future?
Take this time to thank God for one thing that He has done in your life. Let Him know that you appreciate the fact that He has blessed you.
To fully understand the memorial mentioned in today’s Scripture and the significance it had for future generations, read Joshua 3-4.