Remembering Jesus' Sacrifice
Posted: Friday, April 24
Verse of the day:
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 to remember me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. (Luke 22:19-20 NLT)
On November 14, 1989, President George H. W. Bush “formally granted a presidential pardon” to the turkey that he had been gifted by the National Turkey Federation. As I read about the presidential turkey pardon, I’m reminded that we were turkeys (myself included!) destined to be slaughtered because of sin. Unlike the presidential turkeys, we didn’t find a pardon in the hands of a President. We’ve found forgiveness in the hands of Jesus!
Since 1989, every President has held a turkey pardoning ceremony, usually in the Rose Garden. This pardoning ceremony reminds the public that the pardoned bird was destined for an easy life on a farm and not the dining table of the White House. Just as this ceremony serves as a reminder, the Lord’s Supper serves as a reminder of the forgiveness that we’ve received through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. This is why Jesus said, “Do this to remember me.”
Now, you may ask, why do we need to remember Jesus’ sacrifice? You see, when life gets “complicated,” we tend to get distracted and lose focus of what is truly important. For example, you may know that you’ve been forgiven. Yet, you still struggle with guilt. You may understand that you’re a new person in Christ and, at the same time, you’re tempted to go back to your old life. You’re unconditionally loved by God, but you still struggle with feelings of rejection. May the Lord’s Supper remind you that you’ve been pardoned! So, as you go about your day, remember you’re loved, you’ve been forgiven, and you’re a new person in Christ!