Written on February 2nd, 2005 - 3:54PM Last Updated: April 24th, 2006 - 5:24PM
When Jesus ate His last supper with His disciples, He twice asked them to do what He did in memory of Him.
When he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me." In the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me." (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25)
Before this memorial was instituted, the Lord enjoyed the Feast of Passover with His disciples. He told them that He had earnestly desired to eat it with them before He suffered, because He would no longer eat it until it was fulfilled in the Kingdom of God (Luke 22:15-16).
He then shared the cup of Passover with the disciples once last time.
It was then, after the Passover supper had ended, that Christ took the bread and the cup that were to be His memorial (Luke 22:19-20).
As the apostle Paul said, Jesus told His apostles to do it, as often as they drank it, in memory of Him.
The word for "memory," αναμνησιν, is a rich Greek word. It has a deeper meaning of calling to memory; it comes from a root word, μενω, meaning to remain or abide; to remain as one and to not become different; and finally to wait for, or await one.
Clearly, the Lord intended this to be a memorial, among other things. It was something to be repeated, for the sake of remembering the Lord. It was done for the remembrance of Him. Eating the bread and drinking the cup would be the way of keeping the Lord Jesus fixed in our minds, of awaiting Him.
Even more so, the very word "remembrance" requires that He be present. It is the remaining of the Lord in His Supper that enables us to eat the bread and drink the cup for his memory. Looked at separately, this fact helps us to understand why the Lord's Supper is so important as we continue our relationship with Him.
Paul explains this experience further:
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
This fact, that the eating and drinking of the bread and cup were also a proclamation of His death, will be looked at separately.
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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24When he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me." 25In the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me." (1 Corinthians 11:24-25)