The Discipline of Remembrance
"Then he said to them, 'I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again[until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.' Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he said, 'Take this and share it among yourselves...'" Luke 22:15-17 CSB
I love Thanksgiving. I would venture to say it is probably one of my favorite holidays. Food, football, and family, followed by a nice nap due to tryptophan overload all under the overarching theme of thankfulness. It seems in recent years that the Christmas season, while equally important, has overshadowed the importance of thanksgiving and remembrance.
As we look at the scene in Luke 22, we are seeing that Jesus is celebrating the Passover. There were many festivals that the Jewish people celebrated, all with the purpose of remembering what God had done for their people. Passover particularly was celebrated in remembrance of God delivering His people from Egypt. The scene takes an interesting turn, however, because this Passover meal would soon become what is known as the last supper.
As we look further into Luke 22, Jesus likens broken bread to his body and wine to his blood. Jesus was instructing the disciples to note this moment and to remember it. We see that Jesus instructed it in Paul’s writings in 1 Corinthians 11:24.
Remembering is important, and the discipline of remembering is vital in our spiritual walk. When the storms and difficulties in our lives come, it is important to look back and remember God’s faithfulness in our lives. One way to do this is journaling. We see that many Psalms are poems and writings in remembrance of what God has done for His people. Next time you are facing a storm, remember how God has helped you through it in the past. Praise God in remembrance daily. Remember this season with an attitude of gratitude, and during this holiday season, remember who God is and what He has done in your life.
Father, I thank you so much for your faithfulness in my life. I know sometimes I tend to become self centered, forgetting your faithfulness in my life, however, help me to remember, and continually thank you for everything you have done in my life. I love you Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Spend time in Luke 22 this week. Write down things you are thankful for and examples of God’s faithfulness in your life.