The Expository Files


  The Kingdom Remembers the King

The Scriptures tell Christians to give thanks “to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” (Col. 1:12,13). It is a privilege to be a citizen of the Kingdom of Christ. He gave Himself for us so that we might be qualified. He wants us to remember that and be thankful.

We have many special days that we use to remember things. There is Independence Day and Memorial Day and President’s Day. There are religious holidays that people began, including Christmas and Chanukah and Easter and Ramadan in which various observances and ceremonies take place for the purpose of remembering.
But the Lord Jesus Christ established none of these. He did establish a memorial though.

Jesus told His disciples to partake of the Lord’s Supper to remember His love and sacrifice which brought the faithful redemption, hope and eternal victory. The Scriptures teach, “And when He had taken some bread and 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 in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.’” (Luke 22:19,20). First century disciples, under the guidance of the apostles, did this on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). It is based on this authority that we ought to do likewise today. This is how the king wants the citizens of His kingdom to remember His great deed (Luke 22:28-30).

By Jon W. Quinn
The Front Page
From Expository Files 20.4; April 2013