Let's Talk About Remembrance

by Paul Bonner

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about..

EAT THIS BREAD; DRINK THIS CUP

 

Luke 22:14-20

When the time came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles joined him. 15 He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 I tell you, I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom.” 17 After taking a cup and giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 I tell you that from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom has come.” 19 After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.

1 Corinthians 11:23-25

I received a tradition from the Lord, which I also handed on to you: on the night on which he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread. 24 After giving thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this to remember me.” 25 He did the same thing with the cup, after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this to remember me.”

 

Key Verse: 

After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” —Luke 22:19

 

Commentary:

Eating the bread and drinking the cup are symbolic during Communion as we remember Christ’s death and resurrection for us and renew our commitment to serve God. Furthermore, by intentionally considering what Jesus did and why he did it, we participate more fully in the remembrance during Communion. If the Lord’s Supper becomes simply a ritual or a pious habit, it is no longer a celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, and it loses its significance.

 

Questions to discuss:

Why do you think Jesus wanted us to remember him?

Why do you think Jesus wanted us to remember him specifically through the Passover meal?

Why did the Israelites carry out the tradition of the Passover meal even thousands of years before Jesus?

 

TAKE AWAY

We should never forget all that God has done for us. Make a point to practice remembering, and God may leave a legacy through you.

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