Daily Dose, March 26 — Holy Week

  When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this. (Luke 22:14-23)   The Passover celebration was extremely important to Jesus. He came to Jerusalem as a boy with his family to celebrate the Passover. His last meal with his family of disciples was the Passover celebrated in Jerusalem. Jesus and his disciples shared hundreds of meals together all over Israel. “Please pass the gravy,” was often heard when they shared the bread and poured the wine. This specific Passover meal was quite serious, because Jesus knew that suffering was only hours away for him. He told them plainly that the dawning of God’s Kingdom of forgiveness and repentance was on the horizon. But what Jesus asked them to do was to remember him. Remember that I willingly sacrifice my life for you. Remember all the tables we shared together, and remember me here with you at this table. There is enormous redemptive power in remembering any important moment. Go find your wedding pictures or the pictures of your children when they were little, or the vacation that is etched in your memory. Please expect a frog in your throat and a tear to find your eye. Remembering is a time machine that never fails to engage the heart. “Remember me,” said Jesus. And we will, until we join him and all who live devoted to him at the table above. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don