Google+ 06/21/13 Let's Remember!

Luke 22:19-20

 

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it.

Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying,

“This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”

After supper he took another cup of wine and said,

“This cup is the new covenant between God and his people

An agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you."

 

It is so important that we remember.  God could have granted us the ability to forget.  In many situations, we often pray for that.  Negative things that happen to us, either by circumstance or intention, might be easier for us to deal with if we could simply forget them.  The saying "Ignorance is bliss" comes to mind!  That is not how God has chosen to have us live our earthly lives.  In today's Scripture, Jesus tells His disciples to, "Remember Me."  What does that really mean?  Are we supposed to remember that His body was broken for us, on the cross, for our redemption?  Are we supposed to remember that at the same meal where Jesus was washing the disciples feet, one of these chosen ones was going to betray Him?  Are we supposed to remember that Jesus's entire life was a covenant between God and His people?  The answer to all these questions is "YES!"  We must remember all of it, both the good and the bad.  God has painted us a canvas of our past.  It is not to be the place that we live today's life.  Our past is not supposed to be a "stick" that constantly punishes us for our unwise choices.  Our past is to be a teaching tool to help us, along with the Holy Spirit, to make wise choices as we move forward for Jesus.  This is why we are called to remember.  For those of you that are Star Trek fans, picture Jesus laying His hands on you like Spock would do and saying, "Remember."  When Spock does that, no one has a choice.  It should be the same way with Jesus.  We are commanded to remember, and even if we try to forget, we can't.  On the surface, this may seem very cruel and selfish.  Believe me, in neither the worldly case of Spock or the divine case of Jesus, it is not.  It is a complete necessity if we wish to know the truth and be productive.  Every time we partake of Holy Communion, we are called to remember Jesus.  We are to recall His pain, joy, sacrifice, mercy, and grace.  All of these emotions come in one package.  Doing this will, by necessity, make remembering sometimes painful.  Use your memories for good.  Look in the mirror and realize that Christ died for you.  Yes, you are that important!  Christ gave us a special gift that none of us can earn. Don't dwell on the "Judas's" of our lives, but realize that they are there and learn from our memories, so as not to repeat the same mistakes again.  Today, let's do exactly what Jesus tells us to do.  Let's Remember!