Monday, December 10, 2018

Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19).

A memory was created during a memorial celebration called Passover.  While feasting upon that meal Jesus took the third cup of wine and made a few remarks (Luke 22:17-18).  Then he took up the loaf of unleavened bread and spoke of it as his body.  He broke off a piece and handed the loaf to the apostle next to him who mimicked his actions and passed it on.  At his command, each ate the piece he had torn from the main loaf (Luke 22:19; Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22).  After pouring the fourth cup of Passover wine, Jesus informed them of his body and passed the container of wine, so each could refill his cup.  He then commanded them to drink that cup of wine (Luke 22:20; Matthew 26:27-28; Mark 14:23-25).  During that same event, he also washed their feet (John 13:4-17).

After he had finished, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?” (V.12).  If they knew, it isn’t mentioned.  Jesus continued revealing that there was a betrayer in their midst.  They were clueless.  He gave them a hint, but it was not grasped even though performed in front of them (v.26).  He told them that he must die but would rise the third day.  It went completely over their heads.  Due to their misunderstanding, when Jesus was put to death, their hope evaporated leaving them void of all assurance.  Fear locked their doors.  They were drowning in their own confusion, anxiety, and doubts. This fear which produced “little faith” on the Sea of Galilee, continued to mature in each of them (Matthew 8:26).  In the absence of understanding, it is impossible to build a solid foundation of remembering.

We are all born with the ability to forget.  The apostles had increased the strength of that ability.  Jesus and the angels announced, “Fear not.”  Like the apostles, we too are engaged in forgetting, which allows fear to replace trust.  God looks for that trust.  We should too and claim its ownership.

Jesus tells us to come to him (Matthew 11:28-30).  Are we too busy grasping for the impossibility of perfection to notice and understand who has it?  Jesus rebuked the apostles for their “little faith.”  “Little faith” refuses to put one’s trust in what Jesus has, because what they lacked convinced them that they would fail!  (Matthew 16:8-11).  We have restored their habit of majoring in minors and minoring in majors.  We forget who paid it all in our effort to pay it ourselves.  We do not remember who the Lord and Savior is, attempting to fill that majestic role ourselves.

We forget that we are not God’s standard of excellence.  Jesus is!  Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  Do we major in forgetfulness?   Do we have a PhD in “little faith” (Matthew 6:30; 8:26; 14:31; 16:8)?