Do you remember the sacrifice, the victory, and advocate you have? How often do you remember? Do you do anything when you remember?
Let’s consider how today’s reading begins…
The Lord’s Supper
(Matthew 26.26-30; Mark 14.22-26; 1 Corinthians 11.23-25)
14When the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles. 15He said to them, “I have wanted so much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer! 16For I tell you, I will never eat it until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God.” 17Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks to God, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes.” 19Then he took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” 20 In the same way, he gave them the cup after the supper, saying, “This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 “But, look! The one who betrays me is here at the table with me! 22The Son of Man will die as God has decided, but how terrible for that man who betrays him!” 23Then they began to ask among themselves which one of them it could be who was going to do this.
–from Luke 22
There are no surprises for God! Jesus knew what had to happen. Jesus was willing to give His all in order for us to have a way to be reconciled back to God. The last supper was a model of what we need to do in remembrance of all He did. We are to do it as a family, the family of God. He is our high priest! He sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and me as our advocate.
12The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart. 13 There is nothing that can be hid from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes. And it is to him that we must all give an account of ourselves.
Jesus the Great High Priest
14Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God—Jesus, the Son of God. 15Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. 16Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it. –from Hebrews 4
So let’s remember! Let’s never forget! Let’s make sure to do it often enough for others to be able to join and celebrate Him.
Let’s remember the wisdom of God in the way that we live!
17Indulging in luxuries, wine, and rich food will never make you wealthy. 18The wicked bring on themselves the suffering they try to cause good people. 19Better to live out in the desert than with a nagging, complaining wife. 20Wise people live in wealth and luxury, but stupid people spend their money as fast as they get it. 21Be kind and honest and you will live a long life; others will respect you and treat you fairly. 22A shrewd general can take a city defended by strong men, and destroy the walls they relied on. 23If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful what you say. 24Show me a conceited person and I will show you someone who is arrogant, proud, and inconsiderate. 25Lazy people who refuse to work are only killing themselves; 26all they do is think about what they would like to have. The righteous, however, can give, and give generously. 27 The Lord hates it when wicked people offer him sacrifices, especially if they do it from evil motives. 28The testimony of a liar is not believed, but the word of someone who thinks matters through is accepted. 29Righteous people are sure of themselves; the wicked have to pretend as best they can. 30Human wisdom, brilliance, insight—they are of no help if the Lord is against you. 31You can get horses ready for battle, but it is the Lord who gives victory. –from Proverbs 21