Proclaiming By Remembrance

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“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)

The Basket Case Chronicles #136

“After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come”” (1 Cor. 11: 25-26).

Jesus picked up the cup in the “same manner” as He had done with the loaf. We have two elements but one sacrament. He said something through the bread, and then He said the same thing again through the wine. The bread and the wine are therefore synonyms—they both refer to Christ sacrificed. The bread represents His body, and the wine represents the life of His body.

The cup is His blood, and the cup is also the new testament. This means that His blood is the new testament—Jesus makes this explicit by saying “new testament in my blood.” As often as we drink the wine, we are to do so as a remembrance of Christ. He then ties it up together again by saying that we are doing the same thing whenever we eat the bread or drink the cup—we are showing, displaying, the Lord’s death until He comes again. The word rendered as show is katangello, and can be translated as announce or proclaim. This helps us define what we are doing in the remembrance. We remember the Lord in such a way as to proclaim Him to those who are outside the covenant.

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