Summary: Jesus left us a picture by which to remember him.
In Remembrance of Me*
Objects: A family photo album, high school yearbook, or some similar item
Theme: Jesus left us a picture by which to remember him.
This morning I brought one of my family photo albums. I look through my photo albums and remember all of the important people in my life and to think about all of the good times we have had. I would like to share a few of those memories with you this morning.
This first picture is a picture of my mother when she was a young woman. She was a beautiful woman and this picture helps me remember what she looked like when I was a little boy.
This is a picture of my daddy. My dad has always been very thin … it makes you wonder what happen to me doesn’t it?
Here is a picture of my grandmother a few years before she went to be with Jesus in heaven. My Grandmother was one of my favorite people.
And then there is this picture …. Wow! What a handsome little guy that is! Can you guess who that is? That’s right … it’s me!
Looking at these pictures sure brings back a lot of wonderful memories.
When Jesus went back to heaven to be with his Father, he left behind a way for us to remember him too. It isn’t a picture in an album that we can look at and remember what Jesus looked like, but it is a way to remember what Jesus did for us. We call it "The Lord’s Supper" or “Communion”.
The Bible says, The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." (1 Corinthians 11:23-25 )
Just before Jesus was crucified, he called his disciples together for a meal. He took a piece of bread and he told the disciples that the bread was to remind them of his body that would be hung on a cross for them. Then he took a glass of wine and told them that the wine was to be a reminder of his blood that would be shed for them on the cross. He told them that whenever they ate the bread and drank the wine, it was to remind them of what he had done for them. We still take communion today, and when we do, we do it to help us remember what Jesus has done for us.
Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us this picture to remind us of what you did for us when you died on the cross. Help us to remember and be thankful.
This Children’s Sermon is provided by Dr. Kenneth Pell
Potsdam Church of the Nazarene
Potsdam, New York
* Special thanks to the website, http://www.sermons4kids.com/ for the sermon idea.