In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
What reminds you of the sacrifice Jesus made for our sin? Do you remember to thank him for his sacrifice when you’re driving? When you’re texting? When you’re watching a movie?
No, probably not. We’re supposed to make a point of remembering the blood poured out on the cross for our sin whenever we participate in a communion service. The officiating pastor reminds us why we’re doing what we’re doing. We obey the reminder and recognize that Jesus gave us what no one else could.
But the phrase “whenever you drink it”, has sometimes been changed to “whenever you eat or drink”. My family has a long tradition of praying before a meal. It isn’t about not trusting the meal-makers in the kitchen. It’s about God. We thank him for being active in our lives. We ask God to bless those who prepare the meal. We ask for God’s guidance regarding specific things the family should discuss. And we remember God’s great eternal love for us.
Do we remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross at every meal? Probably not. If we put a reminder on the table, that might help. For instance, we could place a decorative cross in the middle of the dinner table to remind us of the sacrifice that brought us freedom. I think that change might bring a new perspective to meals. It might change our attitudes and make us a little more grateful.
Have you studied the new covenant God made by sending Jesus to the cross? You should. It will help you have a better understanding of what lengths God would go to in order to bring us back into a good relationship with him.