“Do This in Remembrance of Me”
Traditionally, these words are often seen on communion tables in a church setting, reminding Christians to remember the covenant to which we are called.
The early, first-century Christian church, however, perceived Yeshua’s words differently.
They saw these words as a direct reference to the celebration of Passover, since it was during the celebration of Passover with His Disciples when Yeshua said, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 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 shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11: 24-26).
Early, first century believers understood the importance of God’s appointed feasts (מועד mow-ed). They understood it was a scheduled appointment time with God, when He promised to meet with them. The early Jewish converts retained their Jewish identify, celebrating the feasts, showing Yeshua as the fulfillment. Passover, which traditionally celebrated their deliverance from Egypt, they celebrated remembering their total deliverance through Yeshua’s death, burial and resurrection. They knew Yeshua was the fulfillment of the Passover. They knew that as Yeshua broke the bread and later lifted up the Cup of Redemption, that Yeshua showed Himself as the Passover Lamb who laid down His life for all mankind. Today’s believers can do the same!