And he [Jesus] took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 Jesus invites me to remember again and again that He gave His life for me. For a long time this ‘again and again’ was five times a year.
Do This in Remembrance of Me
In our Church, it was a habit to celebrate the Lord’s Supper five times a year. For me personally, it was not a celebration. So often I struggled with partaking of the Lord’s Supper. Thoughts crossed my mind like: ‘Can I do this? I don’t even know for sure that my sins are forgiven.’ Those thoughts came back, every time the Lord’s Supper was celebrated in Church. But one day I heard this during the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper from Psalms 116: ‘You are redeemed. God has been good to you.’
A few years later my husband and I, were driving in the car, together with a few friends. We talked about the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper. They told us that they celebrated the Lord’s Supper every day as a testimony to the Lord that they need Him every day. This touched my heart and I began to do some research. Nowhere in the Bible could I find that the Lord’s Supper should only be celebrated in Church. I discovered that you can ‘remember what He did for us’ as often as you want to But still, it continued to rankle. Then, one day I read in a diary that the love of God was so great that He sent His son to this world and we remember it forever. We can partake of the Lord’s Supper more often than only the few times in our Church.
The Richness and Power of the Lord’s Supper
The first time we celebrated the Lord’s Supper at home we felt a little clumsy, but now I feel so grateful for the insight God has given us. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper with our children because the Lord said in Luke 18:16 ‘let the children come to Me, do not hinder them.’
It’s only recently that I found out the richness and power of the Lord’s Supper. It’s so much more than only knowing that your sins are forgiven. Through it, we receive love, healing, deliverance and restoration. All things Jesus wants to give to you can be found in the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper, because in it we see that He gave Himself…. He says: ‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.’ (John 6:56) Written by: @ronella_aantjes
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