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Remember Jesus…For you

Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2019

For hundreds of years, the Christian church has set aside the Thursday before Easter as “Maundy Thursday," an opportunity to remember and reflect on what Jesus did on that Thursday before he died.  But what exactly are we remembering and reflecting on?

james-coleman-738905-unsplashJesus’ own words on that first Maundy Thursday help us focus on what he himself wants us to remember and do: “And he 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.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’” (Luke 22:19-20).

Notice after Jesus gave his disciples the bread (and with it his body), he told them “do this in remembrance of me." On Maundy Thursday, and every other time we have the privilege of receiving The Lord’s Supper, it is an opportunity for us to remember and thank Jesus for what he did for us.  It is an opportunity to understand, in an amazing spiritual way, we are not just eating simple bread and drinking simple wine.  We are also receiving in the Sacrament the very body and blood of Jesus which was sacrificed on the cross to pay for our sins.  That gives a whole new perspective to “do this in remembrance of me." 

While we are to remember what Jesus did for us, Jesus also wants us to know something else which is very important, very personal.  He gave his life on the cross “for you." Jesus wants you to know, beyond any shadow of doubt, that when he gave his body and blood with the bread and wine to assure the forgiveness of sins, he was thinking of you personally.

So on this day when we join Christians across the ages in focusing on what The Lord’s Supper is and what it means for us, take to heart those very personal words from Jesus “do this in remembrance of me” and “poured out for you”.  May those words, today and every time you come to Holy Communion, remind you of what Jesus did for you and assure you that all your sins are fully forgiven!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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