He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this . . . in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor. 11:25)
Sunday dinner. A Communion meal. Passover. In each, we gather as one body to celebrate our kinship. The cup, representative of the blood of Christ, is the new covenant. From slavery in Egypt to the present, this cup, the redemption cup, remains a visible and vital reminder of the death on the cross that changed our lives forever. Jeremiah said it best: “I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Jer. 31:33). That is relationship. That is responsibility. That is covenant.
Ah! How soon we forget. From our homes to our workplaces, we often act as if we had not received the greatest gift imaginable. When we come together in remembrance, our minds are often elsewhere, our actions show our negligence, and through the cracks our transformation barely peeks out. Do we use this occasion of honor to shout to Satan and his allies that he will not have sway in our lives? Do we proclaim to the world that we are marvelously changed? Do we uphold our end of the covenant to affirm to our God that he is ours and we are his? Are we recognizing that this is preparation for when Jesus returns- and we are with him forever?
Yes, we have been judged and deserve condemnation. But we have been reminded that this preparation contains the promise for his return. And that is transformation.
Show others the change that makes you different.
Susan Gordon is a wife, mom, and grammie who recently received her master’s degree at age 69. She enjoys art, photography, being active, and creation.
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