Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 7:11-9:31 / 1 Corinthians 11:2-34 / Psalm 98:1-9
How is your memory? Some of us have an extremely good memory while the rest of us have a fairly poor memory. A person who has the ability to recall images, sounds or objects with great precision are said to have a photographic memory or total recall. Though some may personally claim or say others have photographic memory, there have only been 2 people that have been tested and documented with total recall.
There are many people who have unbelievable and amazing memories but there are millions of people who don’t. 2013 statistics show there are an estimated 5.2 million people of all ages who have Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia and Alzheimer’s is rapidly increasing and will top 7 million in 12 short years (if Jesus doesn’t return)…just in time for my 66th birthday!
We are forgetful people and need reminders. There are those who have tied a piece of yarn around their finger to remind them of something important. Today, we use day planners, note pads, calendars, cell phone apps and alarms. At times we may ask a friend or family member to remind us with a phone call or a gentle nudge.
God knows that we need to be reminded of many things in life, especially the most important things…those that are spiritual and eternal. The Lord’s Supper was established by Jesus to be a reminder of His sacrificial and redemptive work on the cross. Jesus broke bread on the night of his betrayal, gave thanks for it and told His disciples, “This is my body which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24)
Jesus knew we needed to be reminded of His loving and gracious sacrifice. We get so caught up in our own lives that His merciful gift of redemption becomes a faint or forgotten memory. “For God so loved the world that He gave…” needs to be a fresh truth that brings us to a place of humility, thankfulness and examination. We cannot forget that “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was laid upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Jesus then took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (vs.25) We have a new way into the throne room of God…through the sacrificial blood of the Lamb of God! Jesus secured our redemption and through faith in Him, we have eternal life. The Lord’s Supper not only reminds us of the past sacrifice but of His coming again… “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes!” The Lord’s Supper clears up the cobwebs of spiritual Alzheimer’s and Dementia… thank God for His powerful reminder!