As one of the most influential religious figures in history, Jesus Christ left behind a legacy that has continued to impact the world for over two thousand years. Among his teachings, one of the most important is how he wanted his disciples to remember him.
Remembering Jesus Through Communion
One of the most significant ways that Jesus instructed his disciples to remember him was through the act of communion. He shared bread and wine with them during what is now known as the Last Supper and instructed them to continue doing so in remembrance of him.
Matthew 26:26-28 records Jesus’ words:
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'”
This act of sharing bread and wine together has become a sacred ritual for Christians around the world as they come together to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on their behalf.
Remembering Jesus Through Baptism
Another way that Jesus wanted his disciples to remember him was through baptism. This act symbolizes dying to one’s old self and being reborn into a new life in Christ. When John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, it marked a significant moment not only in Jesus’ life but also in Christian tradition.
Matthew 3:16-17 describes this event:
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.'”
Baptism remains an essential part of Christian life as believers seek to follow Jesus’ example and remember their own commitment to him.
Remembering Jesus Through His Teachings
Perhaps the most enduring way that Jesus wanted his disciples to remember him was through his teachings. Throughout his ministry, Jesus taught on a wide range of topics, from love and forgiveness to justice and righteousness. His words continue to inspire and challenge people today as they seek to follow in his footsteps.
Matthew 5:3-12, known as the Beatitudes, is one example of Jesus’ teachings:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
These teachings continue to inspire believers around the world as they strive to live out their faith in practical ways.
In conclusion, Jesus wanted his disciples to remember him through communion, baptism, and his teachings. These practices continue to play a significant role in Christian tradition and help believers stay connected with their faith. As we remember Jesus today, may we also seek to embody his love and compassion towards others.