THURSDAY, JUNE 2
19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Luke 22:19 (NLT)
WE REMEMBER: HIS GIFT IS HIMSELF
In his book The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart, Charles Swindoll relates the story of an eight year- old Kenyan girl, Monica, who fell into a pit and broke her leg. Mama Njeri, an older woman, seeing what had happened, climbed into the pit to rescue Monica. In the pit a black mamba, the most poisonous snake in Africa, bit both Monica and Mama Njeri. Both ladies were rushed to a medical center. Monica improved, but tragically, Mama Njeri died. A nurse missionary explained to Monica that Mama Njeri was bitten first and thus received all of the mamba’s poison. When the snake bit Monica, it had no poison left. The nurse went on to explain that Jesus had similarly taken the poison of our sin so that we can live. Monica understood and readily received Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55 ask, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” Jesus absorbed the sting of sin and death when He gave His body on the cross. The bread of Communion represents Jesus’ body which would be His gift. It is His body which is given for us or on our behalf.
Much like Memorial Day, when we remember those who gave their lives for our nation, Communion reminds us Jesus gave His life for us. If actions speak louder than words, what does Jesus’ death on the cross say to you?
Thank God for not just giving you forgiveness but for giving you Himself. Ask God for an opportunity to share with someone else what your relationship with Jesus means to you.