Do You Remember Me? – I Corinthians 11:24-25

by Pastor John Fredericksen

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We’ve probably all asked a small child, or an elderly friend: “Do you remember me?” When our youngest daughter and family moved away to Wisconsin, they, of course, took our oldest grandchild. For the first year and eight months of his life, we saw this grandchild every day. We became so attached to him, and his parents too, that our hearts just ached with missing them so much. One of the things that bothered us was the concern that our young grandchild would completely forget us. After a couple months, my wife and I were able to go visit them. When we saw him, we asked, “Do you remember Grandpa?” “Do you remember Mimi?”

It is noteworthy that when the Apostle Paul gives his instructions to the Body of Christ about observing the Lord’s Supper, he adds an instruction twice. In I Corinthians 11:24-25 he tells the saints to partake of the symbolic bread and drink “in remembrance of me.” Surely there is something deeper here than an occasional reminder of the Savior during what could become a religious ritual. Yes, we are to remember the agony He endured for us as His body was broken and His life-blood was spilt to purchase our eternal redemption. Indeed, we must remember this is the foundation for our forgiveness of sin and eternal life. But this writer believes there is something more intended in these words: “…in remembrance of me.” The Lord warned Israel, when they obtained their Promised Land and began to enjoy abundant prosperity there, they would “…forget the Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:10-12). Jeremiah tells them “…my people have forgotten me days without number” (Jeremiah 2:32). Surely the instruction in the Lord’s Supper to observe it “…in remembrance of me,” is also given to help us not forget the Lord in our daily life. Just as we long for our children and grandchildren to remember us with affection, the Lord longs for us to remember Him. He wants us to remember Him when we wake each morning, eat a meal, face a problem, experience prosperity, face a decision, prioritize, deal with temptation, read our Bible, work through difficulties, or go to sleep. He wants to be foremost in our thinking and in our lives. He longs for us to remember Him with loving affection and come often to Him for regular fellowship.

Perhaps today the Lord would ask each of us: “Do you remember me?”

Let’s choose to remember our Lord frequently throughout this day.

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