On the night he was betrayed Jesus instructed his disciples to remember his body was given and his blood shed whenever they ate the bread representing his body and drank the wine representing his shed blood. They didn't understand at the time; but after his resurrection they did. Believers today continue this practice as Jesus said: "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19).

Remembering isn't just an occasional acknowledgment of Jesus' atonement for us. The reason we are to remember "the Lord's death until he comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26) is to keep us always mindful of the cost of our redemption from sin and death (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

When we remember, and value our freedom made possible by Christ, we maintain our commitment to living the new life he made possible. We also are reminded we are no longer under condemnation to death; we are "under grace" and are forgiven every time we confess our failure to love as Jesus loved. This is about trust and obedience, following his teachings, not just emotion, but it certainly does involve emotion when we begin to comprehend how great God's love is for each one of us. His love is not a cold judgmental "love" but one of compassion and mercy. How often do we read John 3:16 without really hearing or feeling the great love God has for all?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
John 3:16-18

“….God is love…" (1 John 4:16).

In the words written in Ephesians 3:14-19: "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

Remember, above all, how much God loves you personally, and gave himself for you personally. Yes, everyone who believes receives life; but every person is loved by God whether they believe in him or not (Romans 5:6-8). We are asked to do the same (Matthew 5:43-48).

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