In 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 it says “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that 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 covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Do this in remembrance of Me. It’s a commandment from Jesus. We even have it on the front of our communion table. But what does it mean?

Somewhere, across history, there is probably somebody who said “Jesus – long hair, beard, good with kids. I remember him”. But I don’t think that’s what Jesus meant.

Then there are the people who know about Jesus. They go a bit deeper – facts about Jesus. And there’s a little deeper level – being able to say what the facts mean.

Then there’s even deeper – asking “What Would Jesus Do”. And then applying it. I do have to caution you – there is also an element of timing. If you’re coming out of a bank with a lot of money, asking “What Would Jesus Do?” is great. On the other hand, if you have just robbed that bank, and now your car won’t start, you probably waited too long to ask “What Would Jesus Do?”.

Seriously, though, there’s a difference between asking that question and doing the answers to that question. The Christian life – being in Christ, having Christ in you – takes involvement, it takes commitment, it takes sacrifice.

And that’s what we’re celebrating now – the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross to save us from a life of sin and an eternity in Hell. As we take the wafer and the juice, let’s do it in remembrance of Him.  Let’s pray.

Father God, even our best attempts to be like Jesus fall sadly short of His perfection and sinlessness. Thank you for accepting His blood as atonement for our sins. In His name, amen.