Tonight we continue our series “Easter for Everyone.” Last Sunday saw Jesus on the move, heading for Jerusalem. We said the message of Palm Sunday is that Jesus took the first step in making His way, not just to the cross, but through the cross to get to you. Yet, tonight finds Jesus not on the move, but hanging from that cross. The Creator of the world, killed by His creation.
None of this though caught Jesus by surprise. Tonight, we want to tune in to an important conversation Jesus has with His disciples.
Luke 22:14–20 - When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. 15 Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. 16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” 17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” 19 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 in remembrance of me.” 20 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.
In a matter of hours and days, Jesus is to become the central figure of two of the most cataclysmic events in human history--the death and resurrection of Himself. And yet, He asks us to remember Him…
In this moment, recorded in Luke 22, Jesus once again demonstrates that He knew His followers better than His followers knew themselves.
Life deals in the currency of the urgent and its chief commodity is distraction. How else can we explain our tendency to:
- be afraid and worried over things that matter very light in light of eternity?
- be driven by our insecurities, jealousy, envy or pride?
- forget that we are loved, forgiven and our future is in the hands of the Most High?
Life has a way of crowding in on us, of shouting loud. The truth is, we do forget, don’t we?
Jesus is not saying Remember Me for His sake.
He is saying Remember Me for your sake, my sake. Our sake.
This is what we need to be reminded of today. That Jesus, our Savior, our Redeemer went through the cross to get to you.
Jesus wants to whisper into our lives:
- Are you uncertain about the future? Remember Me.
- Are the pressures at work overwhelming you? Remember Me.
- Are you still wounded from that broken relationship? Remember Me.
- Does life look gray and colorless is depression surrounding you? Remember Me.
- Are you gripped with a stress or anxiety that seems suffocating? Remember Me.
It’s easy to get distracted from this. Sometimes the Easter season can serve as a distraction.
Distractions are the very things that should cause us to fall on our knees and remember Him.
Tonight, we have an opportunity to do just that by celebrating Communion together.
Communion is personal because the cross is personal.
Jesus didn't die for a country. Jesus didn't die for a religion. Jesus died for you.
There is a personal offense on our part that we can't ignore. Through sin we all have to face the justice of God and we can’t ignore that.
But there's also a personal Savior who refused to ignore you.
And then He asks you to do one thing: Remember Me.
When we get distracted and don't remember who Jesus is and what He has done, our circumstances take on an exaggerated perspective.
But when we remember… Jesus takes His rightful place. It doesn't make the circumstances go away or any easier. But it puts them in the proper perspective. To remind us that nothing can separate me from Jesus. Nothing. Which means I have everything.
Romans 8:31-33, 35, 37-39 - What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus + Nothing —> HOW LUCKY CAN WE GET!?
...I don’t even know what to say about such marvelous things!
>>> When we take moments—moments like this—to remember, we are reminded that while we might have the tendency to forget, God never forgets us.
This weekend is a reminder that God not only hears, but He also acts. We celebrate a Savior who acted on your behalf He went through the cross and met your most primary need- your salvation.
He endured the cross, the shame, and the pain, and it's a reminder that He is with you. No matter who you are or what you’ve done, he wants to be your redeemer Easter is for everyone.