Picture the scene.
Jesus and his disciples are eating their last meal together before Jesus is due to be arrested and then crucified.
He takes the bread and the cup. And he uses the words,
“Do this in remembrance of me.”
I have realised the significance of these words recently. My focus most often is on the death of Jesus, the cross and the suffering. When taking communion, that isn’t wrong in itself by any means.
But imagine being one of the disciples reclining at the table with Jesus, when he says those words.
He says, “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Immediately they must have thought about the time he said to them, “I came that they might have life, and may have it abundantly.”
Perhaps they thought about the time he broke the bread and fed the 5000? They must have remembered how he talked the next day about being the bread of Life, the true bread of heaven.
They must have remembered how he said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” And how he said, “I am the resurrection and life.”
You see, when Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me,” I wonder if he meant we should remember that to eat and drink of him is Life, because he is Life?
To remember Jesus is to remember Life, not death. That is the key. The symbol of eating bread and drinking wine immediately says to me, “Unless you eat of my flesh and drink of my blood you have no life in you.”
To remember now takes me to the feeding of the 5000, to the fact that Jesus demonstrated and then spoke later about him being Life, and showing how he can be shared to bring Life to others.
Everything about Jesus is Life. That is all he was interested in bringing to people. And it is still his only focus, to be Life within us all.
This is not to take away from the work of the cross, but simply to recognise and celebrate the fact that Jesus himself is Life and came that we might receive him as Life!
When we physically eat the bread, and drink the cup, let us remember simply that Jesus himself is Life to us.
Eat the true Bread, drink the Living Water. Receive Life!