Maundy Thursday, April 9 | by John Wilkinson
(Ragan Courtney, 1972 – CGH #462)
“He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it.
Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying,
‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” (Luke 22:19 New Living Translation)
This beautiful hymn, written by Ragan Courtney and Buryl Red, amplifies the words of Jesus during the Last Supper with His disciples in a way that instantly brings me into a mood of reflection and introspection. These lines encapsulate the underlying message that resonates within me.
In remembrance of Me, search for truth.
In remembrance of Me, always love.
In remembrance of Me, don’t look above,
but in your heart, look in your heart for God.
When I remember the incredible ways in which Jesus showed love and compassion to people and the ultimate example of sacrificial love He demonstrated on the cross, I am compelled to look into my heart and examine how much it resembles the heart of God. Am I loving people like Christ did when he healed the sick and fed the poor? Am I open to sharing the love of Christ with everyone, regardless of who they are or what they believe?
I also remember that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one can come to God the Father except through him (John 14:6). As I “search for truth,” I know it is found in the person of Jesus Christ, in His Word, and guided by the Holy Spirit. Do I hold firmly to the truth in a culture that often rejects it and sometimes even perceives it to be unloving (Romans 12:2)? Or do I conform my thinking to the culture? I pray Jesus will help me to share the truth in love (Ephesians 4:14-15) in all situations and do it in remembrance of him.
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