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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Mt 4:4.

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Aug 5

Written by: Andries
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 6:36:51 AM  RssIcon

We celebrate Holy Communion once a month. .
Jesus gave us a clear command when he said that we must “do this in remembrance of him.”  To stay away from the Lord’s table, without any reason, or rather good reason, is to shun the Lord and his plan and intention to comfort us and build us up in our holy faith at his table!  It is the Lord who invites, no, urges us, to share in this means of his grace.
 
It is in Luke 22: 19 that Jesus says "Do this in remembrance of me."
This is a commandment. And it is amazing that Jesus commands us to "remember" him as if it were even possible for us to forget him and his cross. How can we possibly forget him who died for us and rose for us? How can we possibly forget him who redeemed us and saved us? How can we possibly forget him who planted new life in us?
 
Yet, we do forget. We so easily forget the centrality of Jesus to our faith. We so easily forget that the message of the cross, the grave and the resurrection are at the centre of our faith. We so easily forget that Christ is our only hope and our only comfort in life and in death. We so easily forget that Christ is the only way to the Father's throne.
 
Because we so easily think that other things are more important than his cross and resurrection, he gave us this command. We so easily become distracted from the first and most important things. We let issues and work and family and material things push Jesus and the Gospel aside. It is so easy for our hearts to wander away from Jesus, because our hearts are prone to wander.
 
"Do this in remembrance of me." Our Lord Jesus has given us a way to always bear him in mind. He has made provision that we never will forget the cross and the life it brings. He has given us the Lord's Supper to celebrate.
So, on Sunday all God’s children do what Jesus commanded. We come to remember. We come not to forget and to celebrate his atonement on our behalf.  And the Lord will bless us graciously. 

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