REMEMBERING JESUS 2016
March 2, 2016
On the night before his death, Jesus made one request of his followers – to remember him by reenacting his last supper with his apostles. Some refer to the event as “The Lord’s Evening Meal,” “The Lord’s Supper,” or “The Memorial of Christ’s Death.” We prefer to call it “The Remembrance Supper” in keeping with Jesus’ request that we reenact the supper “in remembrance” of him. (Luke 22:19)
This is the one and only religious observance Jesus ever asked of his followers, yet it is overshadowed by other religious holidays that have far less significance. For example, the Supper is recognized throughout most of Christianity as “Good Friday,” a less popular part of the Easter holidays. Yet neither Easter Sunday nor Christmas was instituted by Jesus. Through this ministry, we endeavor to place The Remembrance Supper back in its superior and proper place by entreating lovers of Jesus and Christians of all denominations to remember Jesus in the way he requested, and doing so in a united voice, as a united throng.
On our sister site, The Christ Experiment.Org, we proposed an experiment to see what would happen if all of Christianity joined together to commemorate The Remembrance Supper on one particular night, Experiment No. 7-Remembering Jesus. We received very favorable responses and as a result, more of our brothers and sisters who love and honor Jesus joined in the 2015 annual commemoration. So we look forward to an even greater number participating this year.
The experiment noted that some commemorate the Remembrance Supper throughout the year and on different dates, but it expressed the desire for a worldwide annual commemoration on Good Friday. This year, Good Friday falls on March 25, 2016, the Friday before Easter Sunday. In past years, we commemorated on Nisan 14 according to an ancient Jewish calendar which corresponds this year to March 23rd. However, since we are participating in the Into His Harvest ministry, we have elected to commemorate the Remembrance Supper on Good Friday, March 25, 2016, so that we can have a sharing with the majority of our brothers and sisters around the world. And since we are introducing the churches we serve to The Remembrance Supper, it will be easier for them to make the accommodation to join in with us.
We hope you take the opportunity to participate on March 25, 2016, and share with others your intent and invite them to join you. A united Remembrance Supper is one very powerful way to break down walls, cross faith borders, and expand the Jesus brotherhood of the Faith Sons of God without proselytizing or requiring others to change their faith associations. And what a spectacular vista for our celestial family to see the light of the Father that dwells within all of us shining brighter on one beautiful March night!
An Intimate Evening
Lovers of Jesus of all denominations should embark on this March 25th evening with a renewed appreciation of Jesus, his life and his ministry. The Remembrance Supper is a time of personal reflection and forward contemplation of our aspirations for peace on earth and the ultimate adoption from faith sons on earth to spirit sons in heaven. (Romans 8:23) It is a time to leave behind the baggage of yesterday (Philippians 3:13-14) and acknowledge and reinforce our rebirth into the Jesus fellowship, the brotherhood of the sons of God through our faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26) And it is a time to fully enjoy the freedom of the sons of God now, and to prepare ourselves for expanded freedom in the eternal heavenly career. (2 Corinthians 3:17) Let us participate with whole hearts, whole minds and whole souls. Doing so will make for a spirit charged, contemplative and intimate evening with our Lord, Christ Jesus.
When Jesus instituted the first Remembrance Supper, he invited his close associates and closed the door behind them with no concern about the scribes, the Pharisees, or the disbelieving nation. They existed in their own intimate moment where brotherly love and humility reigned. Jesus knew that shortly after the Supper, his time would come. Yet even this impending gloom did not dampen his spirits that night. He rejoiced to be able to share this meal with those who became closer than brothers, those whom he loved with a fatherly love, those who would one day be with him in the heavenly kingdom. (John 14:3)
The life and ministry of Jesus, as represented by the ‘bread’ and the ‘cup,’ is the means by which every generation can have and exercise hope in the unbreakable promise that the Kingdom of the Heavens is available for all who endure to the end of their mortal life. (Matthew 10:22) Nothing can replace the promise of being face to face with the Father in the distant future in the matchless beauty of the ‘Paradise of God’ (Revelation 2:7) where His once ‘unapproachable light’ (1 Timothy 6:16) is now a thing of the past because we have successfully become perfect as He is perfect (Matthew 5:48) and our light shines brightly in the actual presence of the Father of All creation, both great and small. These are the types of expressions that should dominate the evening.
Jesus had a message to give to our world and he let nothing distract him from that agenda. He was not concerned with political systems or social reform. Loving the Father with our whole being, loving one another as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31), proclaiming the good news of the kingdom that sets men free from enslavement to sin, to dogma, and doctrines of men (Matthew 28:19-20), that was the beginning and ending of Jesus’ agenda. He knew that if we could master these things, it would have a domino effect on the rest of society so that all things fall into place as the natural outcome of a God-oriented people. (Matthew 6:33)
Sometimes in our day-to-day lives, we lose sight of that agenda. Sometimes we allow the teachings of men, the thrill of the moment, the achievements, accolades or plaudits of men to disrupt that agenda. But this night is a golden opportunity to set matters straight in our minds and hearts. We can get our feet back on the beaten path of righteousness, pick up anew our crosses, and proclaim Jesus’ life and ministry to aid our fellows who have not yet seen the light or been privy to the light, to come into the light. (John 8:12)
Those who partake of the Christ will be the ones who will be instrumental in ushering in a renewed concept of worship and forward-thinking religion. They are learning to shake off the shackles of controlling and domineering religion and experience self-governance as the free children of God. They are the foundation stones to a new society that will look to the heavens as its future instead of the dust of the ground. This generation is the new beginning of an enlightened era. The sons of the kingdom are indeed, ‘the light of the world.’ (Matthew 5:14-16)
Enhancing the Meaning of the Bread and the Wine
The old Passover commemorated the emergence of the Jewish people from a state of slavery into individual physical freedom. The new Remembrance Supper instituted by Jesus commemorates the new dispensation wherein the individual emerges from the bondage of ceremonialism and tradition into spiritual freedom – the joy of the brotherhood and fellowship of the liberated faith sons of the living God. (Romans 8:20-21) The simple and unpretentious ceremony took place in the upper chamber of a friend (Luke 22:11-12) and was established without ecclesiastical sanction. (Matthew 26:26-28)
As was his practice, Jesus employed parables and symbolisms to teach great spiritual truths and to prevent the crystallizing of his teachings. (Mark 4:33) Symbols and parables expand our understanding whereas precise definitions limit us. When instituting the Remembrance Supper, Jesus also employed the use of symbols. Rather than destroy the individual’s concept of divine communion by limiting its meaning, he set man’s reborn soul free upon the joyous wings of a new and living spiritual liberty. This allows us a great deal of latitude in thinking and in contemplating what it means to us individually to ‘eat and drink’ of him.
As we prepare to partake of the bread and the wine, let us reflect on his words and allow ourselves the freedom to recognize a higher and enhanced understanding commensurate with our growing spiritual capacity. We are not bound to the meanings given according to the chains of tradition and dogma. We are free to use our spiritual insight and to expound on the meaning of (1) the symbols and (2) the practice of eating and drinking of Christ, in order to develop a larger and greater understanding. (1 John 2:27)
So let us take some time to contemplate the symbolisms associated with the Remembrance Supper. Ask yourself:
What does eating of Christ mean to me?
What does drinking of Christ mean to me?
What does Christ expect of me now that I have partaken of him?
What does the Father expect of me?
How does this event change my relationship with my brothers?
And what can I do to be worthy of having a sharing with Christ?
If time permits, allow those in attendance free expression without condemnation. It is like looking at a beautiful work of art that grabs the individual’s attention and ignites something within his own spirit. Each observer may have his own interpretation and appreciation of the same work, but all will agree that it is beautiful! Likewise, we should not be surprised that the Remembrance Supper can effect each of us in different ways. In this manner, we expand our own understanding and appreciation of Jesus, and we gain better insight into our brothers who will accordingly be drawn closer.
Jesus asked that as often as we do this, we do it in remembrance of him. First, we remember him by looking back upon his life in the flesh, recalling that he did indeed live among man as the word of God (John 1:1), the bread of life (John 6:48), the way, the truth and life (John 14:6), the one to whom all authority has been given in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18), the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) Next, we accept him by receiving the outpouring of the Spirit of Truth into our own vessels so that it bears witness with our spirit (Romans 8:16) and so that we are guided, comforted, strengthened, empowered and renewed. (John 14:16-17; John 14:26; John 15:26-27; John 16:13; Acts 1:8) And finally, by faith, we discern that we shall all sometime sup with him in the Father’s eternal kingdom. (Luke 22:28-30)
In this intimate evening supper, we are free to be intimate and deeply personal with Christ in our understanding and appreciation of his life and ministry because, as spirit-conscious sons of the Father, we know that Christ is literally present, in our midst. (Matthew 18:20) And when we have concluded this supper, let us resolve in our hearts that we will never turn our backs on the friendships and relationships we have cultivated this evening, learning to love one another ‘as Jesus loved us.’ (John 13:34)
After the Remembrance Supper
Soon the Remembrance Supper will come and go, but the new bonds we will share with our brothers and sisters in the faith can last for an eternity. We must continue to foster those bonds while at the same time reaching out into new avenues of ministry and service. We will continue our Into His Harvest ministry, as well as working at Unraveling Atheism, and we hope to introduce new ministry projects that will further spread the good news of the Kingdom – the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.
And we should never forget the doing of good to those in need, especially during this time of transition as our world continues to find its way. Know that, in spite of the dark spots we see in 21st century living, people around the world are doing wondrous acts of goodness and mercy to their fellow man. See the stories in The Bright Morning Star, our quarterly digital newsletter, that highlights some of these happenings. They may give you ideas on how you can further your own ministry and continue to be the lights of the world. And feel free to share your suggestions and comments and your experiences in ministry and service.
Finally, we want to remind our brothers and sisters to never hesitate to commemorate the Remembrance Supper ‘as often as you get together,’ as the Apostle Paul wrote. (1 Corinthians 11:26) And never hesitate to assist our friends to become our brothers in Christ by participating in a Remembrance Supper whenever they find Jesus. The annual commemoration is a group statement, but the Remembrance Supper is also a personal and intimate communion with Christ that can be observed throughout the year.
It is up to the sons of light to show the glory and freedom of the kingdom of the heavens. We can no longer hide and live as though we have no power, for the only real power is spiritual power. So let our lights shine brightly into the hearts of men so that all who witness our faith will see the living Christ in us as clearly as if he were standing with them as he stood with his disciples nearly 2,000 years ago.
Yes, let the glorified Christ live, not only in heaven, but through the experiences of the spirit born faith-sons of God who have eaten and drank of him as he requested.
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