In Remembrance of Me

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: That You May Believe.

The night Jesus was betrayed by Judas, arrested, tried and then crucified during the afternoon of the following day, he ate a Passover meal with his disciples. Theologians argue about the dates and whether or not this was the night of the customary Seder. This article will not attempt to answer that question. Many authors have spent volumes arguing their points of view which are available to any who desire to know more.

The important message of this night is the fulfillment of all the prophecies regarding the Messiah, fulfilled in Jesus.

On this particular night, Jesus instructed his disciples to participate in a ceremonial memorial of his death. The ceremony involved Jesus washing the feet of the Twelve; breaking unleavened bread and instructing them of the significance of drinking the wine and eating the bread on this night.

The significance of the foot washing was to impress on them that they were to serve other disciples, each other, and those to come, following Jesus' example (John 13:1-17).

The eating of the bread was to be a reminder that Jesus' body was beaten so badly he was unrecognizable. He gave his body for them and all the others who would believe in him (Luke 22:19; Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 2:24-25).

The cup of wine represented his blood (Luke 22:20), instituting the new covenant. His blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (Matthew 26:27-28). This is the reason Jesus became flesh and blood, so he, declared innocent by all his enemies as well as God the Father, could give his body and blood to pay the debt we could not pay; take upon himself the penalty we earned so we could be given eternal life instead of eternal death (John 3:10-21).

TThe importance of this one day in history is the impact of Jesus' death on the future of each individual who believes the eyewitnesses and the written record of Scripture and then responds to the call of the Holy Spirit to return to God and begin a new life on the path to Eternity.

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
Revelation 22:17

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