When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes. 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.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you. But behold, the hand of my betrayer is with me on the table. And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing. (Luke 22: 14-23)
Jesus had a fervent desire to eat Passover with His disciples because that would be the very last time he would do it. Everything would pause, so to speak, until the coming of His kingdom. So, He told them, “Do this in remembrance of me”. In other words, “Do this so you don’t forget what it is important: Me and my kingdom.”
Every Christian’s purpose is God’s kingdom advancement. The purpose of our lives is not our own fulfillment, although a fulfilled life is the byproduct of serving God. Like soldiers who fight to bring glory and honor to His country, and not to ourselves, we are called to live for God’s kingdom.
The cup of wine is a reminder that we have been bought with a price, His own death on the cross and the shedding of His blood. It is because of His sacrifice for us, that we are enabled to live for Him.
We need to fix our eyes in Christ, press toward the goal and remind ourselves constantly that we have a King and a Kingdom to live and die for.
Every time we eat the bread and drink the wine we are, above all, reminded of who we are – disciples, servants and soldiers of Christ’s Kingdom.
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