Letter: Follow Jesus’ teachings
To the Editor:
At 6 p.m. March 25, Passover will begin for the Judeo-Christian religions. This is a great celebration recognizing the deliverance of the Hebrews from Egyptian oppression as well as the institution of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion. And it is to this Communion service, referred to as a sacrament by many, that I wish to share a recent God-inspired revelation.
Communion services throughout Christiandom will begin with these words from Luke 22:19-20: “And He (Jesus) took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
Throughout Christianity the predominant teaching accompanying these Communion services is limited to a Christian call for thankful remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice. But is that truly the teaching Jesus was trying to convey, to just imitate the serving of bread and wine and “remember”? Consider the specific words in these verses and the context in which Jesus always spoke of sacrifice.
His body broken and His blood poured out as a living sacrifice; do this in remembrance of Me. Do what? Not just imitate and remember, but rather, to remember by our very real acts of doing and entering into the same selfless work of Christ, and allowing our own bodies and blood to be broken and poured out for the salvation of the lost. The necessity of personal sacrifice as evidence of our remembrance is His message. Selah.