19 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.” 20 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.
I remember growing up taking communion every Christmas Eve with my family. I remember the tradition of it and how important it seemed to be for my parents, but as a child, and even as a teenager, I don’t think I really understood what it represented. Even now, if I’m not careful, I am quick to forget the power behind what communion represents.
I forget that as Jesus was tearing apart the bread to serve to His disciples, He would soon go and have His actual body torn and cut. I forget that as He was serving the wine, He would soon go and spill His own blood for me. The ultimate goal of communion is remembrance, just like Jesus says at the end of verse 19. It is to remind us of the love that our Jesus has for us. Jesus knows that we are prone to forget and fall back into old ways of thinking and living. Jesus knew He was giving us a practical way to remember Him when He gave the disciples the last supper.
While a major part of communion is remembering God’s love for you, I want to challenge you to think about that love in deeper, more practical ways. Remembrance is such a practical, yet powerful tool in our life. As we remember what God has done in the past, we are encouraged to keep pressing on where we are now. We are filled with more hope to see God come through in the future again.
To end, I want you to reflect on a few questions. As you answer them thank God for what you have seen him do. For some of the questions, you may not have an answer. You may still be looking for breakthrough in certain areas. If that’s the case, use this time to ask God to give you breakthrough.
What is something God did in you this past semester?
What is something you needed this past semester that God provided?
What is a fear you have had that God has taken away?
What is a time that God showed up?
Are there family members or friends that you have wanted to see God change their lives and He has?
What sin struggles have you seen God give you freedom in?
What has God revealed about Himself that you are convinced of?
If any of those questions sparked thoughts or prayer in you, go back to them. Thank God for who He is and what He has done, and pray for His power to continue to be at work in your life. Be reminded of who God is and what He has done, and use that to fill you with hope and peace for the future.
Jesus, I thank You for the sacrifice You made for me. I repent for not remembering Your goodness and what all You have done for me. Jesus, wherever You have moved and I have forgotten You, I ask that You will lead me into a deeper understanding of who You are in that part of my life. And God, I pray that on this Christmas Day, I will be led into a deeper understanding of Your character and Your love. Thank You, God, for who You are. I love You. In Your name I pray, amen.