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There’s is something special about the Lord’s Supper, at least there is supposed to be. After all, the Lord Himself did say to “do this in remembrance of [Him]” (Luke 22:19f.; 1 Cor. 11:24-25). And His chief follower, the Apostle Paul, added these significant words, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). So when we celebrate the communion of the Lord’s Supper in the present, we look to His past death for us and we look to His future return for us as well. In other words, like a great biblical suspension bridge, the Lord’s Supper reaches back to the cross and points forward to the crown: His cross and His crown. And we share in both. How often we forget.

Like the Lord who shared His last supper with His friends, our Israel 2013 Group once again shared the communion with Him, as His friends. And friends with one another! What a time of worship. What a time of joy. What a way to conclude our study tour. And, of course, it helped that we shared it at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, the so-called Protestant site of the burial and resurrection of the Lord Himself. Even if this were not the actual historical burial place of the Lord, it certainly was this kind of burial place where He was laid to rest in a first century garden tomb: a new rich man’s rock hewn tomb, a rolling stone to seal off the entrance, an olive press in a lovely private garden, a huge water cistern (Matt. 27:57-66; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-55; John 19:38-42; etc.).

Of course, it is not so much the place or the persons, is it? It is THE PERSON! For He is risen forever more! And so are we! We must never forget! So celebrate the Lord’s Supper in your own garden, wherever it might be. And remember: “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said” (Matt. 28:6). Don’t forget!

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