Who was this man called Jesus?
“DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME”
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:19 & 20
That was the scene in the upper room just a few days before He rose from the grave on Easter, when Jesus invited the apostles to remember Him, to explain that His body was to be given for them, and to predict how His blood would be poured out for the new covenant …He said “do this in remembrance of me”, knowing He would be leaving them soon.
Webster’s dictionary gives us a definition of Remembrance as: “an act of recalling to mind or – a memory of a person, thing, or event”
Most of us have lost a friend or loved one in our lives and we inevitably recall an event that reminds us of that person…”in remembrance of them”. Generally, at that time we remember a couple things that may have defined that person’s life…sometimes good or sometimes bad.
Some friends past we remember by their virtues…”he was a generous man”….”she was so kind”…”that guy was a saint”…”she was so patient”… or perhaps some are remembered by not so saintly virtues like “what a cheat”…”he was a bum” …”she was cold hearted”…. Others we might remember by a hobby they enjoyed…”he was a biker”, “she was a great dancer”, “he was a fisherman”…and many we remember by profession…a salesman…a policeman…a surgeon…a nurse… a pastor
So which traits should we remember of Jesus… when he said; “Do this in remembrance of me”?
I decided to make a list of the things the gospel of John had to say about who Jesus was, which is by the way only one book of 66 books that are woven together as the Bible describing Jesus as the Messiah.
These are some of the common words the Apostle John used to describe Jesus:
The son of Mary, the son of Joseph of Nazareth, cousin of John the Baptist, a brother, a good friend, a carpenter, one from the family of David, Teacher, Rabbi, the good shepherd, and a man full of love. And those common terms are where it would end for most of us if we were being remembered after our death.
But when remembering Jesus, John wrote many other words while inspired by the Holy Spirit to describe Jesus – it’s a list like none before or ever since – these descriptions are the ones that make Jesus different than any other person in the history of humanity. These reveal the one true Messiah:
The one who could change water to wine, the Holy one from God, The one who could restore sight to the blind, The one who has shown us what God is like, the Profit, The Son of man, The bread that came down from heaven, The Holy One, The word that became human and lived among us, The light of the world, Protector from the evil one, The King of Israel, The one hated for no reason, The Way, The Truth, The Life, God’s Bread, The one who came down from heaven and gives life to the world, The healer, The one who raised his friend Lazarus from the dead, The forgiver of Adultery, The one who judges for the Father, The one who fed 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish, The Messiah, The one who harvests believers, The master, the one Samaritans called “Savior of the world”, The true vine, God’s only Son, Lamb of God, the One who washes feet and cleans men’s souls, The one the Father gave power over everything, The word, The one sent by the Father to save the world, King of the Jews, The tortured one, The one crucified that others might live, the one whose bones were not broken, the one who defeated death, the risen one, and As the apostle Thomas called him, “My Lord & My God”
No one, in the history of mankind can be remembered like that…not one person has ever come close to these descriptions…no one, ever – no other religious leader can make such claims. That is why the Christian religion is like no other religion in the world. There is only one Son of God, and one way to our father in heaven, and that is through Jesus Christ alone and He proved it through thousands of miracles, signs, wonders, and prophecies that predicted these events hundreds of years in advance.
So if you thinking right now, “I’d like to learn more about this fascinating man they called Jesus, or maybe you wish you could have been there to hang out with a guy like that…well, I have great news to share…..Jesus was all those things over 2000 years ago, and He is still all those things for you and I today, because He is eternal and He gave each person a way to know Himself intimately by accepting His free gift of salvation.
If you don’t know Jesus yet, know this, he loves you and want’s to be those things for you, and the best friend you will ever have!…He cares and loves you so much that he gave up his own life to save yours! If you haven’t been introduced, don’t hesitate to ask me about how you can be adopted into the eternal family of God, receive forgiveness, and the gift of God’s spirit living inside of you. … there’s still some really good tickets left to meet with Him! Don’t miss out, your eternal future is at hand 🙂
God Bless you,