His Truth Will Set You Free

Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Do you remember Jesus?

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Some churches celebrate communion, the Lord’s Supper, every Sunday. Yet, most churches I’m familiar with celebrate only once a month. Was this what Jesus had in mind? What is the truth of His intention for what we call the “Lord’s Supper?”

I was reading about the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians chapter 11 this morning. There, and in the account of the supper in Luke, Jesus says, “Do this in remembrance of me.” In Paul’s account, Jesus says, “…do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:25)

Jesus wants us to remember him. He wants us to remember his body that was broken on our behalf. He wants us to remember his blood that was spilled as a penalty for the sins we have committed. But does he want us to remember only once a month? And does he want us to remember only when we go to church? And does he want us to remember only with the help of a duly ordained minister?

I choose to believe something other than what is commonly practiced in modern Christian churches. I choose to believe that Jesus wants us to remember him at every meal. That first “Lord’s Supper” was Jesus’ way of establishing a memory trigger for us. Jesus knew we would need help remembering what he went through for us. For me anyway, it’s easy to remember to pray and ask for help. But I don’t often focus my thoughts on Jesus’ sacrifice, and in doing so, offer prayers of thanks along with my prayers for help.

From now on, I choose to treat every meal as a “Lord’s Supper.” I choose to respond to the trigger I believe Jesus intended, and remember what Jesus did for you and me, at every meal. For the more often I remember, the more I will be grateful. And the more I am grateful, the stronger will be my love for Jesus. And the stronger my love, the better servant will I become.

Please share your thoughts on the Lord’s Supper. Am I way off base here? I want to learn the truth. Thank you.

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Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

5 thoughts on “Do you remember Jesus?

  1. Biblical covenants were historically celebrated through covenant recitation (i.e., reading scripture) and renewal of that covenant (through sacrifice), all of which occured long before Jesus. Luke’s account tells us that the bread and cup are that of the “New” Covenant (cf. Jer 31). Thus, worship from the New Testament onward consisted of the Biblical pattern, now expressed through word and table. For the early church, church members participated in the word and table whenever and wherever they gathered, which was often (though communion was limited only to members of the church, and most of them would have argued that the bread and cup literally was the body and blood).
    All that to say that I commend you for your willingness to so regularly focus your attention on Christ’s sacrifice. Enjoyed your blog. God bless.

    Chris Wiles
    http://www.thornscompose.wordpress.com

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  2. Thanks Chris. I like the idea that every time I sit down to eat can actually be an opportunity to worship God. All I have to do is remember. I’ve eaten twice since this morning, when I first thought about this, and both times I rushed into the meal so rapidly that I forgot to think about and thank Jesus for his sacrifice. Like everything with me, it will take some practice. Oh how I long for the memory of my younger years.

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  3. I’ve been chewing on this whole concept anyway as I am preparing to introduce it to our new church plant. I do agree He should be remembered at every meal. I also believe we make it more of a ritual than Jesus intended and suck the life out of the meaning!

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  4. Hi Rick,
    “… suck the life out of the meaning!” That’s exactly how I feel. Thanks.

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  5. The main phrase in your post is, “I chose to believe”. Jesus did not set any clear mandate in scripture as to how or when we should practice the discipline of communion. He did not say to do it once a day, twice a week, once a month or at every meal.

    Personally I thank God for the food he provides me and my family at every meal. Is that communion?

    We should stray away from reading into Jesus’s words what we believe it to say and stay within the context of what Jesus was actually saying. He simply said “As often as you eat this bread or drink this cup.” So if you do it once a day or once a week or once a year, as long as you do it in remembrance of Him (Jesus) then you are within what is expected.

    There are no rules as to when or how many times one must perform this practice.

    We need to get away from reading into the text what we want it to say just because we believe it says it.

    Matt

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