The re-presented Christ

A scripture on the Lord’s supper:

And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24-25)

It’s good to remember the basics of what we know without (much) doubt about what God wants. For example, God the Son wants us to remember him as we reengage in the Lord’s supper: “Do this in remembrance of me.” This meal “re-presents” (as the Confession says) the prescence of the Living Christ in our midst.

It’s good to remember Jesus is among us, and has given his life for us. When our meeting is small in number, it’s good to remember the power of Christ is among us. When our number is large, it’s good to remember we do not rely on numbers alone, but in the living Jesus. When we are feeling weak or bad, it’s good to remember the redeemer Christ. When we are feeling smug, it’s good to remember the humble Lord. When we are feeling grateful, it’s good to remember Jesus is within earshot to hear our thanks.

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