There were dozens of times throughout the Old Testament that God had to remind His people Israel what He had done for them through deliverance from Egypt and during forty years in the wilderness. Over and over they forgot God’s mercy and provisions He gave them along the way.
Are we any different? We would like to think that we have good memories, but as time passes, our practice shows how short our memories are. Jesus knew that we are challenged with remembering and said, “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26). The words of Jesus are so important that one of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to continually remind us of His teaching. Even when Jesus was with the disciples, He had to keep reminding them about His impending death and resurrection. He had to remind them of the servant’s attitude; “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master’” (John 15:20, ESV).
Of the two ordinances Jesus left us, one was centered around remembering Him (Luke 22:19). I want to challenge every believer to look at the Lord’s Supper as a personal invitation from the Lord Jesus to remember Him in a way that strengthens your relationship with Him. He is not on the Cross or in the tomb. He is risen and has broken forever the power of sin and death that we might “no longer…live, but Christ…live in [us]” (Galatians 2:20). So “that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15).
We tend to forget vital truths like this and live independent of the life of Christ and power of the Spirit in us. Take a moment now and thank God for sending the Spirit to live in us and to help us remember the most essential principles of our walk in Christ as His disciples.
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