A Keepsake Meal

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Luke 22: 14-20

TO CHEW ON: “...do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19

Do you have a collection of special keepsakes? Suppose in your collection you have a teacup from your grandma, a baseball hat from when you were little, and a trophy.

Those keepsakes wouldn’t be special to someone else, but they are to you. Why? Because each one is a picture or symbol of someone or something important to you. The teacup might remind you of grandma and the interesting stories she told. The baseball hat could remind you of the friend you played with when you wore it. The trophy reminds you of your team and how hard you worked to win the tournament.

Jesus, during his last meal with His disciples, gave them just such a way to remember Him. He took a piece of bread, said grace over it, tore it apart, and handed the broken pieces to them. He told them to eat it and when they did, to remember Him and how His body would be nailed and pierced (broken) for them.

"The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci - 1498

Then he took a cup of wine. Again he asked a blessing on it, handed it around and told them to take a drink. This was to remind them of how His blood would be poured out for them.

"The Last Supper" © 1993 by Darlene Slavuac

We still celebrate this remembrance of Jesus. In some churches it’s called "Communion." Other churches call it the "Lord’s Supper." "Still others call it "Holy Eucharist." Do you celebrate it in your church? What do you call it?

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank You for Your broken body and poured out blood. Help me to think of You each time I take part in this meal. Amen.

MORE: Christian Symbols

Pictures of a goblet of wine and a loaf of bread remind us of the Lord’s Supper. Below are more Christian symbols. Match each symbol with the thing or event we remember when we see it:

A. Jesus riding on a donkey into Jerusalem. _____

B. The end of the flood and God's faithfulness. _____

C. The Ten Commandments. _____

D. A secret symbol used by early Christians. One person would draw an arc in the sand and the other would complete the sign to show they were both followers of Christ. _____

E. The Lord's Supper. _____

F. Jesus' death. _____

G. The soldiers mocking Jesus and His suffering before His death. _____

H. The Holy Spirit. _____

I. Christmas. _____

ANSWERS

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