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Sat, Jul 22 2017 - 06:59 AM

539 DO THIS,

Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 

We, humans, love to celebrate. We do it starting every Friday because it is the last day of work before the weekend and then celebrate any and every event, major happening, or idea we have.

We plan elaborate fireworks, dancing, eating, and, of course, drinking. Anything else we can think of goes into our celebrations; car racing, flag waving, talent exhibitions, singing, displays of magic, and/or feats of daring and strength. We keep adding to the celebrations year after year, trying to outdo the year before. (Don’t believe me? Look how bloated Christmas has become.)

When Jesus started what we now call communion, He broke bread and distributed it to His disciples, and then He blessed and passed the cup of wine to them to share with each other.

It was a normal meal but He added a reference.

Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

The reference Jesus added to the simple act of breaking bread and drinking wine together was, “this do in remembrance of ME.”

The human race has become very, very good at ‘doing’ but is sadly lacking in the ‘remembrance’ part of Jesus’ command. (Oh, yes, it IS A COMMAND. I have not read any frivolous statements, which Jesus might have made in my Bible; like, ‘hey fellows, why don’t you try it this way. It just might work. I’m just saying.”)

Jesus, God’s son, was sent to earth to do one thing; shed His innocent blood in His death, on the cross to pay for the sin of every human being that ever was conceived in the earth.

Why? Because only He was perfect and righteous, enough to be accepted of His father, God.

So, everyone is saved? Nope, most humans will reject Jesus’ gift because they will not believe it.

Like celebrating, it is not the act that is important; IT IS THE REMEMBERING!

Christmas is supposed to be the celebration of Jesus’ birth; like a birthday party. How many people actually take the time to wish Him a happy birthday?

Don’t really think that He is there? He said;

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 

The religious right has made a big fuss about the wine and the bread.

They are adamant that only real wine and unleavened bread should be used for communion.

Does Jesus say that those who do not have real wine or access to unleavened bread cannot be included in His celebrations? No, not in my Bible. (The way mankind is changing the interpretation of scriptures, it might say it in theirs.) 

1 Corinthians 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 

1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 

Jesus started a ritual for the purpose of remembering Him and the action He would do; allow His body to be broken and drained of His blood FOR YOU AND ME.

I have been in congregations where many of the people gulp the bread and throw back the drink, then look around as if to say ‘what’s next?’ Then, I have seen those who hastily wipe the tear from their eye before looking up from their cup because THEY HAVE OBEYED AND REMEMBERED!

There also is another command in the scriptures;

Philippians 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 

It doesn’t matter if you have a crumb or a cake, champagne or water; the communion action is for us to REMEMBER! Stop trying to make it about what YOU think it should be and how YOU think it should be done and just let those who love Jesus remember HIM!

It also doesn’t matter if you are only one, alone, or one million, Jesus’ word is, “this do in remembrance of ME.”

It is not the ‘do this’ but the ‘remembrance of me.’

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