You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt; and you shall be careful to observe these statutes. —Deuteronomy 16:12
Passover was given to the Israelites, partially, so they would remember that they “were a slave in Egypt.” Today, as we follow Jesus, we are to keep the Lord’s Table or communion. Why? Jesus said He gave us this so we would remember. Remember what? “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (I Corinthians 11:26). We are remembering two things—
- Our Lord’s death.
- Our Lord’s return.
Remember the cross and what took place there. Jesus is the “atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2:2). Jesus “gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Galatians 1:4) and to “turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Remember, brothers and sisters, fellow followers of Jesus that we “are not of the world, even as (Jesus is) not of it” (John 17:16).
Remember that Jesus is coming. We will see Him either when He comes back or we die and go to be with Him.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen. —Revelation 1:7
“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (II Corinthians 5:8).
Just as Israel was given the Passover as a remembrance, so Jesus gave us the Lord’s Table/communion to remember His death, His rescuing us from this world, until He comes to take us to glorious Heaven. So let us rejoice in all that He has done for us, is doing for us and will do for us! Rejoice that our names are written in Heaven (Luke 10:20). Yes… rejoice!
Dear Father may I always remember who I was, how Your rescued me and all that You are presently doing for me and will do for me. Yes, may I live a life of gratitude toward You in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. So may it be.