Thursday, April 02, 2015

April 2, 2015 … “In Remembrance of Me”

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 92

Devotional Song: ... Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video of Cheri Keagy singing the Communion Song … In Remembrance of Me, declaring declaring the reality of the meaning of God’s Table which was established when our Lord shared the last supper with His Disciples and has become the sharing of the Table in remembrance of the New Covenant.

Highlight Passage 1st Corinthians 11: 23-25 [NKJV] … 
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 
 … Establishing the Lord's Table to remember Him
Highlight Context - 1st Corinthians 11: 23-34 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK         
… Paul’s teaching on the ordinance of the “Last Supper”

Reference Passage #1 - Matthew 26: 26-29 [NKJV] … 
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 
… Jesus institutes the “Last Supper.”

  Reference Passage #2 - Mark 14: 22-25 [NKJV] … 
22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. 25 Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 
… The Bread, broken for Him … and the sharing of the blood of the New Covenant.

Reference Passage #3 - Luke 23: 14-20 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… Luke’s account of Jesus instituting the “Last Supper”

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Keila Ochoa, used a modern-day picture of a family sitting down for a meal together; and having a number in the family distracted by smart phones, taking their attention away from why the family had gathered to share an evening FAMILY meal - to be together.

And in much the same way, when the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth (see 1st Corinthians, Chapter 11 linked above), he was concerned how they had begun to take “the Lord’s Supper,” having heard that they were not gathering with an attitude “in remembrance of Christ,” but rather with selfish motives. So, Paul exhorted these 1st century Christians to take an inventory of their attitudes as they came together to celebrate the sharing of “the Last Supper,” doing all they could to share HIS MEAL as Jesus had instituted it (see the Gospel accounts referenced above). 

Tomorrow is “Good Friday,” and in many churches, as with ours, the Body of Christ will gather to remember our Lord’s New Covenant sacrifice; and we, as Christ’s body, will remember our Lord in the taking of the Ordinance of Communion. Prayerfully we all will do so “in remembrance” of the One Who instituted His “last supper.” Prayerfully, we’ll not be distracted by cell phones or other worldly stresses. Prayerfully we will have done a personal inventory of our relationship with Christ and we will come to HIS TABLE cleansed and ready to REMEMBER HIM.

My Prayer Today: Dear Lord, as Your Body gathers during this Holy Week, I pray that we gather at Your Table to share Your body, broken for us, and the cup as a symbol of Your blood, shed for us. Help us to do so - ONLY - in remembrance of You. … Amen

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