Updated: Nov 30, 2020
1 Corinthians 11:26 ESV
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
It’s amazing how different things can trigger our memories. Sights, smells, sounds etc all have the ability to pull things out of our hidden, long term memory banks, back to the forefront of our minds. Nobody knows how the human mind works better than Jesus. So in His last meal with His disciples Jesus instigated a beautiful form of remembrance. You can read about this in Matthew ch 26 and Luke ch 22.
Jesus explained to His disciples that the broken bread symbolised His body which would be broken; and the wine symbolised His blood that would be shed. It seems possible that His disciples didn’t fully comprehend the significance of what He was saying because Luke’s gospel records how they were soon arguing over which of them was the greatest! However, in time, events would unfold whereby Jesus would be crucified, and resurrected, followed by His ascension into heaven. You can be sure that after these events every time they broke bread they remembered what Jesus taught them about this; perhaps they even cringed when they recollected their ignorance in the original moment.
In 1 Corinthians 11:26 we are reminded that this act of remembrance is also to be a catalyst for expectation. It is to serve as a reminder that Jesus is coming soon. It serves to remind us of more than just the death of Jesus at Golgotha. It reminds us also that Jesus is alive and is fulfilling His purpose, which will culminate in the next great event on God’s calender; the return of His Son.
Today we live in the freedom and life that was bought for us at Calvary. Don’t forget though that we should also live in the excitement and thrill of being part of His ongoing Kingdom work, that will be fulfilled at the return of Jesus. Jesus is coming soon. With this constant hope and expectation we will live with focus and purpose. Our lives move away from things of distraction and into progressive alignment with His will for what our life project should be.
Has my life settled into something of the mundane? Have I allowed things of distraction to take up more time than things of Kingdom purpose?
Thank you for the cross Lord. Thank you for all that it accomplished for me. Thank you that because of the cross my eyes have been opened to Kingdom purpose. Thank you that, Lord Jesus, you are building your church until the day that you return. Let me be a part of that building project. Reveal my role to me and let me fulfil it with all of my heart. Come soon Lord Jesus.