Text: Farewell Discourse of Jesus in John 14-17 (Excerpts)

We have been exploring how we take the gifts of the past and the present and exchange them for the future. How do we prepare for God doing something new? As we celebrate the institution of the Lord’s Supper, we are reminded of the story of the Passover. It is a story and practice that sustained and gave meaning to the Hebrew community for many generations. In Jesus Christ, God redefined the story and practice. It is still the Passover, but now it is done in rememberance of Christ. Doing it in remembrance of Christ, is no longer remembering the past. Doing it in remembrance of Christ is remembering that in Christ, God is doing something new yet to be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. It is not a rememberance of God’s actions in the past, but a casting forward based on promise and hope fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is already present, but will be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.