Focal passage: Matthew 26:17-30
Growing up, I had a coach who played a large role in helping me grow as young man. Coach Archie Fritz invested in me, both on and off the field.
During football, he pushed me perhaps harder than any other player – he had faith in me to get the job done. Off the field, he made sure I was not getting in trouble. Even when I got hurt in a car accident after I had graduated, he came to the hospital.
For years I wanted to get him something to let him know I have not forgotten all he did for me. I had a sense of urgency to honor him because I knew as time passes, memories can fade. If a person is not careful, the things that are important can become accidentally less valuable.
Another example of this is when 9/11 occurred. I can remember where I was on that morning and the magnitude of the event, but over the years the impact of that tragedy had faded in my mind until I recently visited the memorial in New York City.
After walking around the memorial and visiting the museum, I was freshly reminded of all the lives that were lost and the brave men and women who made tremendous sacrifices to help others.
As we think about our focal passage in Matthew 26:17-30, Jesus teaches us that His sacrifice is to be remembered through the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus knew that believers need some tangible way to be reminded of His sacrifice on their behalf.
We can be forgetful people and important things require consistent visible reminders to make sure their value is not lost. I can think of no greater event than the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it is a privilege to remember his ultimate sacrifice. So, the next time you participate in the Lord’s Supper, do not treat it as just another religious function of the church.
It is a reminder of the greatest sacrifice in human history – a sacrifice given for you!