When the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this. (Luke 22:14-23)
The context of this passage is the institution of the Lord’s Supper on the night Jesus would be betrayed. To be sure, Jesus was speaking specifically about remembering Him (who He was and what He did for us) when we partake of the Lord’s Supper. However, we can apply the words “Do this in remembrance of me” to every area of life. And there can be only one reason why our Lord would say such a thing: it is possible that we might forget Him! Sadly, all of us know this to be all too true from personal experience. If the bitter truth be told, forgetting our Lord is no mere possibility; it is an all-too-often practice for every child of God.
- We forget Him in our single life.
- We forget Him in our school life.
- We forget Him in our social life.
- We forget Him in our married life.
- We forget Him in our professional life.
- We forget Him in our recreational life.
- We forget Him in our secret thought life.
- We even forget Him in our church life!
Charles Spurgeon penned this piercing indictment: “It appears almost impossible that those who have been redeemed by the blood of the dying Lamb, and loved with an everlasting love by the eternal Son of God, should forget that gracious Savior; but, if startling to the ear, it is, alas! too apparent to the eye to allow us to deny the crime. Forget Him who never forgot us! Forget Him who poured His blood forth for our sins! Forget Him who loved us even to the death! Can it be possible? Yes!”
It is good to start Holy Week with a reminder of just how easy it is for us to forget our Lord. When we love created things more than the Creator (John 1:3), we forget Him. When we love our good gifts more than the Giver of every good and perfect gift (Ephesians 1:3), we forget Him. When we are consumed by our work rather than adoring the One who gives us wealth and possessions (Ecclesiastes 5:19), we forget Him.
Even when we are busily engaged in doing the work of the Lord, we can forget Him. This has been my own experience on far too many occasions. Like Martha, I easily become distracted—even flustered—while serving the Lord, forgetting to take time to simply be still and know that He is God!
Wherever you find yourself tempted to forget your Lord this Holy Week, pause for just a moment and prayerfully consider all that He has done for you . . . all that He has given you. Consider the death, burial, and resurrection of your Savior and give thanks to God for His indescribable gift! When you do, you will forget Him not.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!