Grace For The Journey
As we begin this week before Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, known as Passion Week, I believe it is important that we look at Luke 22:14-23 and learn some very remarkable truths from our Lord.
The Bible says, “When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. The He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eath this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, ‘I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ Then He took the cup, and gave than,s and said, ‘Take this and divide it among yours elve; fir I say to you, I will not drink of the fuit of the ivne until the kingdom of God comes.’ And He totok bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘
This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ Likewise He also took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. But behold the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table. And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.”
The context of this passage is the institution of the Lord’s Supper on the night Jesus was betrayed. To be sure, Jesus was speaking specifically about remembering Him (who He was and what He did for us) when we partake of the Lord’s Supper. However, we can apply the words “Do this in remembrance of me” to every area of life. And there can be only one reason why our Lord would say such a thing: it is possible that we might forget Him!
Sadly, all of us know this to be all too true from personal experience. If the bitter truth be told, forgetting our Lord is no mere possibility; it is an all-too-often practice for every child of God.
- We forget Him in our single life.
- We forget Him in our school life.
- We forget Him in our social life.
- We forget Him in our married life.
- We forget Him in our professional life.
- We forget Him in our recreational life.
- We forget Him in our secret thought life.
- We even forget Him in our church life!
Charles Spurgeon penned this piercing indictment: “It appears almost impossible that those who have been redeemed by the blood of the dying Lamb, and loved with an everlasting love by the eternal Son of God, should forget that gracious Savior; but, if startling to the ear, it is, alas! too apparent to the eye to allow us to deny the crime. Forget Him who never forgot us! Forget Him who poured His blood forth for our sins! Forget Him who loved us even to the death! Can it be possible? Yes!”
It is good to start Passion Week with a reminder of just how easy it is for us to forget our Lord.
- When we love created things more than the Creator (John 1:3), we forget Him.
- When we love our good gifts more than the Giver of every good and perfect gift (Ephesians 1:3), we forget Him.
- When we are consumed by our work rather than adoring the One who gives us wealth and possessions (Ecclesiastes 5:19), we forget Him.
- Even when we are busily engaged in doing the work of the Lord in our own strength and not His, we can forget Him.
This has been my own experience on far too many occasions. Like Martha, I easily become distracted – even flustered – while serving the Lord, forgetting to take time to simply be still and know that He is God!
Wherever you find yourself tempted to forget your Lord, pause for just a moment and prayerfully consider all that He has done for you . . . all that He has given you. Consider the death, burial, and resurrection of your Savior and give thanks to God for His indescribable gift! When you do, you will forget Him not.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”