Read 1 Corinthians 11:26.
The apostle says that when we, as disciples, eat the bread and drink the cup, we proclaim Jesus’ death. Others have also proclaimed his death.
For instance, John 19:32–37. These soldiers were likely the first ones to officially proclaim the death of Jesus. Josephus, a first century Roman historian, also proclaimed Jesus’ death. Other history books have done the same. Today, documentaries and history channels proclaim His death.
But what about us? Why does the Bible seem to make a big deal of our proclamation? After all, we aren’t appointed servants to the governor. Producers of documentaries are not beating down our doors to hear what we have to say about His death. However, we are somehow to be comforted by the fact that we proclaim His death during this meal.
We proclaim that He was not public enemy number one. He was servant number one.
We proclaim that He did not come to destroy the Law and the prophets. He came to fulfill them.
We proclaim that He did not come to judge the world. He came to save it.
We proclaim that He did not stay in that tomb. He rose to life again, being the first fruits of those who are asleep.
Don’t let the lack of lights, microphones, and cameras fool you. What we proclaim with this simple ritual is more important than anything else you’ll ever read in a history book or see on television.
The Lord calls us around His table. As we gather, He commands us, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:25). As I consider the great invitation to share in the blood and body of the Lord, I also share these thoughts with you. Perhaps, they will help you reflect.
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