Do This In Remembrance Of Me
Written by: Steve Dalton Recorded by: Ricky Spears
Do you notice yourself at times, "going through the motions" in your relationship with God? You are certainly not alone. In fact God gave us the ordinance of the Lord's Supper (Communion) to help us slow down and examine what God did for us and the condition of our walk with him.
In this meditation, we'll contemplate Paul's exhortation to the church in Corinth to "examine yourself" when coming to the Lord's table. We will then be transported back to the upper room to meditate on the Last Supper. We will examine ourselves by remembering what God did for us.
Remembering can be a powerful thing. When we remember a person, place, feeling, or event it can have an impact on decisions we make, how we treat people, and even our walk or relationship with God. Science is now recognizing the incredible power of "remembering" as reported in a 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal titled, "The New Power of Memory".
The studies suggest that the purpose of memory is far more extensive than simply helping us store and recall information about what has already happened. - SHIRLEY S. WANG
Jesus knew this far before science. And knowing the power of "remember" in our decisions and relationships He gave us a powerful tool so we would always remember. The Lord's Supper or Communion is our reminder to be mindful. It is a call to think about the sacrifice of Jesus, the love He has for us, and the promise that God sealed with the blood of His Son.
For many years, observing the Lord's Supper has been one of the things I most enjoy. It wasn't always that way though. I think things changed for me back in 2004 after seeing the movie, The Passion of the Christ. I was very well aware that Jesus was brutally beaten, but that movie just made it so much more vivid. The first time I took communion after seeing that movie, I closed my eyes and recalled the things I had seen. There was another added dimension too. Each time I envisioned a brutal event from the movie, such as the lash of a whip, I could hear the voice of the Holy Spirit whisper, "For you." I cried a river of tears during that service and felt incredibly humbled and appreciative of what Jesus did for me. It has been the same way every time I've observed the Lord's Supper since.
When Steve proposed the idea of a Lord's Supper meditation, or a "virtual communion" as I call it, I thought it was a fantastic idea. I hope this meditation ushers you into God's presence as it does for me. Maybe even that it might provide a new perspective and new life and insight the next time you participate in this 'ritual'. Finally, I hope this meditation won't be used only near Easter, but any time you want to remember the great sacrifice Jesus made for you.