Eternal Life Series, Lesson 5
REMEMBERING THE LORD YESHUA
5th GUARANTEE: A PACT WITH THE MESSIAH UNTO THOSE WHO EAT HIS BODY AND DRINK HIS BLOOD
54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
During the LAST SUPPER of The Lord Yeshua with His apostles, He has instructed them to remember Him as the food and drink that lead them to life that is eternal. We can just imagine His emotions at this moment knowing that He will be led to His death in just a few hours, and that He will leave His disciples whom He considers His friends and loved so dearly (John 15:15).
All ‘Christian’ groups and churches have their own rite or unique ritual in performing this instruction. The Catholic Church has their weekly Holy Communion, while the different Protestant Churches called this a Sacrament, and they usually do this once a month. On the other end, some groups like the Iglesia ni Cristo (1914) do this once a year and they call this ‘Santa Cena’ or Holy Supper.
Do they truly understand the sentiment of The Lord Jesus Christ to remember Him?
THE SENTIMENT OF THE LORD
Prior to the last supper, The Lord Jesus already taught about the living bread of life that came down from heaven. He shared the truth about His sacrificial death and salvation that He offers to all:
(John 6:33-35, 41, 48-55)
33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst… 41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” … 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” 52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” 53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
What does The Christ want people to understand in this saying? What is the reason why He taught them the importance of the bread of life from heaven?
The beginning of the 6th chapter of John narrates the event when The Lord Jesus fed a multitude of people after He blessed five barley loaves of bread and two small fish - with twelve baskets of leftovers. On the following day, the same people who were fed continued to look for The Lord, however He knew the truth why they looked for Him, and so He corrected their misaligned priority:
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
The Lord acknowledged man's need for food to survive and that man will work hard to gain them. He surely knew that this fact could prevent man from seeking that which should be his highest priority, the attainment of everlasting life. Just like those whom He fed who were back the following day seeking for Him, The Lord Jesus sensed that many of them who sought for Him only did because they were fed and were filled. He corrected their outlook by teaching them to “not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life.”
To further illustrate His point, The Lord Jesus taught that He is the living bread from heaven - that His flesh is the bread of life and that anyone who eats His flesh and drinks His blood will have eternal life; that His flesh is food and His blood is drink indeed.
HOW TO REMEMBER HIM BEING THE FOOD AND DRINK FOR ETERNAL LIFE
The knowledge that the flesh and blood of The Christ is truly relevant for salvation that The Lord reemphasized this at the last supper:
17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.
At the last supper of The Lord Jesus He reminded His disciples that His soon to be bodily suffering and shedding of blood - that He will soon experience in the hands of His captors - will fulfill His teaching about the living bread for eternal life. And, as The Lord loves all of His disciples, past and present, He also desires that we remember Him always – not weekly, not monthly, and for sure not annually. He wants us to remember Him every time we eat a meal!
He used the example of breaking bread because bread is the staple in Israel during that time, but He referred to food in general (John 6:27). He simply does not want us to put our trust on material food to be that which could extend our life, but on faith in Him who truly gives life, that is eternal life. The simple act of remembering The Lord and His sacrificial act when we eat is already a big deal for Him.
It is a fact that one of the things that The Lord Jesus accomplished during His earthly ministry was breaking barriers and discontinuing religious rites, rituals and sacraments. He has established a minimalist and very efficient approach on worship and service to God and man. This included the way that He wants to be remembered.
The rituals and sacraments established by all Christian churches and groups concerning the ‘remembrance’ that The Lord desires from His followers are not only unnecessary and limiting, it is contradicting the desire of The Lord that we remember Him always. In fact, we should remember Him every time we eat, and that is at a minimum twice or thrice each day.
. .. Father Thy Will be done. ..