LHM Lenten Devotion – April 17, 2014 “Do This in Remembrance of Me”


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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Do This in Remembrance of Me”

Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 77TEXT: All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You (Psalm 22:27).

Tonight is an annual reminder of our Lord’s Last Supper, the beginning of His passion and suffering for our sins. And right here at the start we begin with a special gift of Jesus, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 11:23-25:

“The Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is My body which is for you. DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.’

“In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.'”

An important part of receiving Holy Communion is remembering what God did for us through Jesus Christ — how this very body was given into death for our sins, and this precious blood was poured out for us. We remember His bitter suffering and death, and the great victory He won over all our enemies.

Whenever we are in turmoil, in doubt, fearful, or even on the brink of death, we can remember that Jesus Christ has carried our sins and won our salvation. Then in gratitude and joy we spread the story, so all the families of the nations may come before the Lord in peace, praise and worship — and always remember Him — recalling what He has done for us all.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, this night we remember Your great sacrifice as we eat Your body in the bread, and drink Your blood in the wine. Cleanse us from our sins, strengthen us in faith, and deliver us from all our foes. Amen.


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