Recently this month, I attended a conference where the Lord’s supper was given during the worship service. The conference was held prior to Easter Sunday, and what held me in awe of God’s reach of power was that over one hundred representatives from other countries were present along with thousands of other attendees. During the Lord’s supper each one was given time to dip their crust of bread into the grape juice. The length of the service was obviously longer than any other service I had been to, but the metaphor for what the future awaits for all those believing and having taken of the same offer was lasting.
When I seek to gain a better appreciation for the sacrifice of Jesus, I think of his pouring out of his own blood with a demonstration of honor to the people he would then and now reconcile for. I think of those then that he thought of as not any greater than those of us now. All were on his mind and equal in value to him by his death on an unforgiving cross among a quarrelsome crowd. God and He were not mindless and unaware that such a sacrifice needed to be made, but perhaps the appreciation of mankind would grow for such a display of love, salvation, and deep concern.
In this everlasting sacrifice, we know Jesus loved his own disciples personally, and I believe he thought about the others in the same way around him during his crucifixion. As it takes time for any ceremony to be carried out, the heart of Jesus was to uniquely give gratitude for the calling and ministry that was upon each one at the Last Supper with his disciples. He also warned the betrayer and the denier that would come in His path to the cross. No cross would be easy for him to carry, but it was required that he would make the sacrifice himself and rely upon the strength of the Almighty for all of mankind.
“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.” Luke 22:19 (N.I.V.)
When I look at the Lord’s supper, my desire is to remember the sacrifice that was needed to be made to all that were willing to believe in God’s masterfully crafted plan for all of eternity. Does this add to your remembrance of Him?