Are you living to worship the Lord? That’s what we should be doing. Today, we will be focusing on the Communion table, and on God’s Word in addressing it. It is hoped that, through this, we will focus on living in righteousness for Jesus Christ.
Christians must discipline ourselves and focus on the Word of God, its values, and living in such a way accordingly. The example of the Communion table is part of that. Our focus is to treat this time of reverence for Christ as a special time of recognition, and not one to be taken lightly.
Jesus tells us (when we take part in the Communion service to) “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24). Why is it important to remember Him, and what are we to remember?
- The eternal Son incarnate, fully God and fully human
- Jesus conceived and born of the virgin, Mary.
- Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
- Jesus rose bodily from the grave.
- Jesus ascended into heaven.
- Jesus will come again in glory to judge us all.
We are to remember that Jesus is God and was our propitiation for our sins.
“I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”
Jesus asked if He would find anyone who will live in faith for Him?
To remember Jesus is a demonstration of faith in action.
Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code, noted that Jesus was established as the Son of God by The Coincil of Nicea, and until that moment, He was viewed as a mortal prophet–a great and powerful man. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus was created as the archangel Michael billions of years ago. They only regard Jesus as a spiritual body and without a physical body. In summary, people will try to tell you who Christ is if you are unwilling to seek out for yourself who He is. Jesus knew that we needed to actively seek Him and remember who He is because of all of the deception in the world. Many will try to convince you that there was no virgin birth or the resurrection.
The first thing that Christians need to understand regarding the Islamic belief about Jesus is that Muslims reject the idea that Jesus was or is the Son of God. According of Islam, Jesus is not, as the Bible articulates, God in the flesh. Second, in Islamic belief, Jesus never died on a cross for the sins of mankind, and that He never died on a cross at all. In fact, Muslims believe that Jesus will return and correct the misrepresentations and misinterpretations of Him and who He is.
All of this information is out there to bring about confusion, and Jesus wants us to focus on remembering who He really is.
1 Corinthians 2:5
“So that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.”
(Jesus Christ) “was established as the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness.”
2 Timothy 2:8
“Keep in mind Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, according to my gospel.”
“Then Jesus replied to them: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Messiah, and they will deceive many‘”
“Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Remembering Jesus is loving Him through obedience to His Word. This is how we are to love Him. True love does have boundaries, namely following God’s Word, but we willingly do these things because they are good for us. It is in this obedience that we are effective in remembering who He is and how much He loves us. We remember Him because of His character and His steadfastness. He never changes, and His Word has never changed.
1 Corinthians 11:26
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”
“I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.”
What do you remember about Jesus, and what are you doing to remember Him until He returns to us?