This Sunday we will return to weekly communion. A phrase often associated with communion is “Do this in Remembrance”. But what are we to remember? Well, it is multi sided. Christ commands us to remember both his Power and Love.
When we consider his power we dwell on his accomplished victory over sin and death. This is our Hallelujah. Trauma, pain, evil and death all fall subject to our Christ. This is illustrated for us in Revelation 1
- “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me… in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.
- This kind of Jesus is to be remembered as powerful and victorious
But the very next words in Revelation 1 command us to consider his Love
The same Jesus from Revelation 1 also hangs on the cross in Mark 15
- At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom
- This is also our Hallelujah!
As we approach Sunday we should consider both the love and power of Christ. His glory (both Mark 15 and Revelation 1) covers all our shame, confusion and pain. But this was not cheap. It cost all so that we might have all. May your weekend be filled with remembering both his love and power.