The Perfect Picture

by J. Randal Matheny
Even before our son’s wedding last month, people asked us to send or show them pictures of the ceremony. Both those who were present and those who couldn’t attend wanted to see pictures.
For those who are present, pictures are a way of remembering. For those who can’t attend an event or make it home for a holiday, pictures tell what happened.
The Lord’s supper serves wonderfully to picture what happened on the Cross. Christians went to the cross of Christ in their conversion. Eating the bread and drinking the cup reminds them of that ceremony, that moment of life-giving light.
So it is not only the Lord himself at the First Supper who tells his disciples to remember. They would remember, because they had seen it.
When Paul recounts what Jesus did on that night when he gave them the bread and the cup, both times he said, “Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24-25).
That command serves both for those who witnessed the crucifixion personally and for those who saw the Lord crucified in the preaching of the gospel and in their obedience to the message (Galatians 3:1).
We can remember him today, because we have a picture-perfect moment, not only to see, but to taste and smell and touch in this, his supper.
Let us eat and drink to remember.

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