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204. In Remembrance.

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. - 1 Corinthians 11:24.

MEN have made evil use of this most blessed ordinance. Yet they have no excuse from any obscurity of Scripture. Nothing is said of a sacrifice or an altar, but everything is plain. The Supper, as we find it in Holy Scripture, is a service of remembrance, testimony, and communion, and nothing more.

No pompous ceremony is arranged for. Not even a posture is prescribed, but merely the providing of bread and the juice of the vine: taking, breaking, eating, drinking, and no more.

The spiritual action is specially prescribed. The remembrance of our Lord must be there, or we fail to keep the feast.


The following remembrances may be natural, allowable, and profitable, but they must be kept in a secondary place—

1. Of ourselves when we were strangers and foreigners.

2. Of our former onlooking and wishing to be at the table.

3. Of our first time of coming and the grace received since then.

4. Of the dear departed who once were with us at the table.

5. Of beloved ones who cannot be with us at this time because they are kept at home by sickness.

6. Of many present with us and what grace has done in their cases. We may think of their needs and of their holy lives.

7. Of the apostates who have proved their falseness, like Judas.

However these memories may press upon us, we must mainly remember him for whose honor the feast is ordained.


1. Set forth, the signs display the person of our Lord as really man, substantial flesh and blood.

2. Placed on the table, their presence betokens our Lord's dear familiarity with us and our nearness to him.

3. Broken and poured forth, they show his sufferings.

4. Separated, bread apart from wine, the flesh divided from the blood, they declare his death for us.

5. Eating, we symbolize the life-sustaining power of Jesus and our reception of him into our innermost selves.

6. Remaining when the Supper is ended, the fragments suggest that there is yet more bread and wine for other feasts; and, even so, our Lord is all-sufficient for all time.

Every particle of the ordinance points at Jesus, and we must therein behold the Lamb of God.

III. THAT SACRED MEMORY IS IN ITSELF MOST NEEDFUL FOR US. It is needful to remember our crucified Lord, for—

1. It is the continual sustenance of faith.

2. It is the stimulus of love.

3. It is the fountain of hope.

4. It is a recall from the world, from self, from controversy, from labor, from our fellows — to our Lord.

5. It is the reveille, the up-and-away. It is the prelude of the marriage supper and makes us long for "the bridal feast above."

Above all things, it behoves us to keep the name of our Lord engraved on our hearts.


1. We are yet in the body, and materialism is a most real and potent force. We need a set sign and form to incarnate the spiritual and make it vivid to the mind.

· Moreover, as the Lord actually took upon him our flesh and blood and as he means to save even the material part of us, he gives us this link with materialism, lest we spirit things away as well as spiritualize them.

2. Jesus, who knew our forgetfulness, appointed this festival of love; and we may be sure he will bless it to the end designed.

3. Experience has often proved its eminent value.

4. While reviving the memories of the saints, it has also been sealed by the Holy Spirit, for he has very frequently used it to arouse and convince the spectators of our solemn feast.

· To observe the Supper is binding on all believers.

· It is binding to the extent of "oft."

· Only as it assists remembrance can it be useful. Seek grace lovingly to remember your Lord.

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