2020 brings on Wednesday, April the 8th a particular day which shall stay for a long time in our memories.
That day would be the day we remember two liberations, first the safeguarding of the Hebrew people from the last great plague in Egypt by which they came to the beginning of their exodus from slavery; second by the memorial gathering at Pesach 33 by the Nazarene rabbi Jeshua (Jesus Christ) who presented a special act and said words to remember, initiating the salvation from the curse of death and sealing of the New Covenant.
Jesus took a loaf, said a blessing, broke it and gave it to his chosen disciples, the apostles. (Mark 14:22) The bread available on that occasion was the kind that had just been used at the Passover. (Exodus 13:6-10) Since it was baked without leaven, it was flat and brittle and had to be broken for distribution. When Jesus miraculously multiplied bread for thousands, it too was crackerlike, for he broke it so that it could be distributed. (Matthew 14:19; 15:36) Apparently, then, the breaking of the Memorial bread had no spiritual significance. Then Jesus had fed the people physically, now by this physical bread he gave spiritual food.
Regarding the bread used when instituting the Memorial, Jesus said:
It was fitting that the bread was unleavened. Why? Because leaven can denote badness, wickedness, or sin. (1 Corinthians 5:6-8) The bread represented Jesus’ perfect, sinless human body, which fittingly had been offered as a ransom sacrifice. (Hebrews 7:26; 10:5-10) all over the world serious Bible Students and Bible Scholars keep this in mind and follow the precedent set by Jesus by using unleavened bread at Memorial observances. In some cases, they use unseasoned Jewish matzos having no extra ingredients, such as onions or eggs. Otherwise, unleavened bread can be made with a small amount of whole-grain flour (where possible, wheat) mixed with a little water. The dough should be rolled thin and can be baked on a slightly oiled cooking sheet until the bread is dry and crisp.
At the gathering we take that bread and do like Jesus did, saying his words and distributing it to those present at the memorial meeting.
After passing the unleavened bread, Jesus took a cup,
“offered thanks and gave it to [the apostles], and they all drank out of it.” Jesus explained: “This means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many.” (Mark 14:23, 24)
In the cup was fermented wine, not unfermented grape juice. When the Scriptures refer to wine, the unfermented juice of the grape is not what is meant. For instance, fermented wine, not grape juice, would burst “old wineskins,” as Jesus said. And Christ’s enemies charged that he was
“given to drinking wine.”
That would have been a meaningless accusation if the wine were mere grape juice. (Matthew 9:17; 11:19) Wine was drunk during the Passover observance, and Christ used it when instituting the Memorial of his death.
Only red wine is a suitable symbol of what the cup’s contents represent, that is, Jesus’ shed blood. He himself said:
“This means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many.”
And the apostle Peter wrote:
“You [anointed Christians] know that it was not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, that you were delivered from your fruitless form of conduct received by tradition from your forefathers. But it was with precious blood, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, even Christ’s.” — 1 Peter 1:18, 19.
Out of gratitude for that precious blood we should tell others what Christ really has done. God cannot die, but Jesus really did die. He gave himself as a ransom for many. Many people should come to know that this Ransomer Christ is the Way to God. Therefore it are the real followers of Christ who have the duty to make this known and to let others know the importance of this coming day.
This year the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses did not come along the doors to tell about this coming 14 Nisan and the Memorial Meal they would have. This makes many did not hear about 14 Nisan and would not have looked up about that day on the internet. On the net they provided a chart, where you can compare the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ final ministry in Jerusalem. In the latest Yearbook for Jehovah’s Witnesses and noted that the Worldwide Memorial Attendance in 2019 was 20,919,041. In the USA it was 2,416,752 and in the UK it was 222,033. This year the memorial is scheduled for Tuesday 7 April at sundown.
It is wrong to think that the Memorial of Christ’s death is the most important annual event only for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Real Christians and Jeshuaists consider it also a duty. For this year they only shall have to remember the day in their living room and shall have to unite with others by means of the contemporary social videomessage application tools, Like Zoom, What’sApp, Hangouts, Skype, Messenger, Houseparty.
For the Biblestudents in Belgium this year we shall talk about the isolation and slavery to the Coronavirus. The Memorial shall include a virtual message sending with a talk on the meaning of the celebration and a sharing of unadulterated red wine and unleavened bread, making clear that this time for isolation is not a time to keep silent about our saviour.
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