The fulfillment of time had come…it was for this hour The Word had become flesh. The same night Jesus was betrayed He gathered His beloved disciples together to share a last supper with them. As He broke the bread and drank the wine He commanded them: “Do this in remembrance of Me”.
This is more than a pattern for a religious ritual…in the re-enactment, there is something to remember. Jesus is the living bread which came down from heaven. The bread we are to eat is the truth He gave His Flesh and Blood as the ultimate sacrifice for the life of the world. If we refuse this truth, we have no life in us. Jesus told His disciples “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:51,53, 63
The Word was about to be betrayed, crucified, and buried. But none of this could prevent the stone from being rolled away and His resurrection. The Word of God lives eternally and can not be bound or restrained. If this same Word abides in us, we live in and move in resurrection power!
The women came to the tomb, prepared to anoint Jesus’ Body, but they were astonished to find the stone had been rolled away. Two men in shining garments spoke to them: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ And they remembered His words.” Luke 24:7,8
Ha..there it is; they remembered His words!
What about us? In the midst of terrorist attacks, senseless tragedy,and calculated evil, will we remember His Words? What Word(s) will we remember? I think there is only one thing that Jesus spoke that will empower us for this present age. It will make us fearless to confront evil, injustice, and senseless atrocities. These things can not have the last word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. The beginning Word is also the ending Word. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is and was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev 1:8
Indeed, God is raising up an unstoppable army who understand there is no retreat, turning back, nor closing the eyes. They are sustained by the Bread of Life to confront evil and advance the Kingdom of God. They will invite multitudes to the banquet table of the Lord. They too will eat this Bread and be given the opportunity to manifest the power of the Gospel as the last Word.
The time is now. Come to the table and eat this Bread. Do this in remembrance of Me: “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:12,13
In the face of evil, our natural mind, our human-ness, cries out for vengeance or retaliation… anything except love. Love seems inappropriate or even weak. Such is the vast difference between our thoughts and the thoughts of God. We demand justice, but it is only found at the cross. How hard this is…to wrap our mind around the truth that love is justice to a God Who is Love. This Lover wills none should perish but rather purposes that all things be united in Him. Yet, He is the Righteous One, and all vengeance belongs to Him…He will repay.
In the end, the Last Word, will judge how well we remembered His Words and truly loved others unconditionally.