In 2019 the memorial service coming closer, before 14 Nisan (this year Friday, April 19, at Sundown), we have a look at what happened some hundred years ago in Melbourn.
The congregation at Melbourne and visiting friends, to the number of about 150, observed the Anniversary of our Lord’s death on the evening of April 4. It was an occasion of solemn thanksgiving for the Broken Body and the shed Blood of the. Redeemer, whose flesh and blood are realised as being indeed “meat and drink” necessary to God’s people, to give them life, and also to give them strength for their journey through the wilderness of this present evil world. His death was memorialised as that, of the antitypical Passover Lamb, and as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, including the Church.
His blood was acknowledged as that which ratified the New Covenant as the antitype of the blood of
animals which ratified the law Covenant. (John 6: 51-57; 1 Cor. 5:7; 1 John 2: 2; Heb. 9: 16). All these details were expressed in the Redeemer’s words and the Apostle’s explanations —
“This cup is the New Covenant in my blood, which is shed for you.This is my blood of the Covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Luke 22: 20; Matt. 20: 28.)
All these details, therefore, are to be before our minds as we do this in remembrance of him. Then there was presented the thought, based on 1 Cor. 10: 14-18, that, all who are partaking of the one loaf and cup are thereby brought into communion with the altar of which they partake, and with each other who are partaking — not that, they become part of the sacrifice on the altar, hut become partakers in the same sense that the eaters of the typical sacrificers came into a fellowship with the altar of which they partook.
Eaters of idol offerings were similarly counted as being in sympathy and communion with the idol of whose sacrifice they ate. So we, eating the memorial feast of bread and wine, emblems of our Lord’s body and blood, the sacrifice on God’s altar, are thereby brought into communion with God, and loving sympathy with all other partakers of the same.
The brotherhood throughout the world was affectionately remembered in prayer, and special grace for special trials was desired for each and all.
The New covenant Advocate and Kingdom Herald Vol.1 Nr.1 April 1909
May we welcome you also this year on April 19 at one of our meeting places to partake at our memorial service?
The friends of ” this way” invite all Believers in the Atoning Blood of Jesus, our Redeemer, Mediator, and Intercessor, to attend the Annual Memorial Meal on 14 Nisan or Friday April 19 of the year 2019.