On Sunday, a shared an illustration of leaving behind a memory of love after death. The story involved a comedian from yesteryear named Jack Benny. Upon his death, his will specified that a single rose be delivered each day to his wife for as long as she lived.
His wife, Mary Livingstone, wrote, “Every day since Jack has gone the florist has delivered one long-stemmed red rose to my home. I learned that Jack actually had included a provision for the flowers in his will. One red rose to be delivered to me every day for the rest of my life."
The single rose reminded Mary of Jack’s love for her. It was a memory of love.
Mary Livingstone died nine years after Jack’s death. In the time, she received over 3,200 single red roses reminding her of Jacks love for her.
Jesus instituted a memory of love when He served His disciples the very first Communion. Matthew recorded it this way: “While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’ And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26:26-28).
Whenever a Christian partakes of Communion, he or she is being reminded of Jesus’ great love for them. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Communion reminds us of Jesus’ demonstration of His sacrificial love through his death on our behalf.
Whenever your church family serves Communion, do you best to be there to honor the Lord and to receive “your single red rose” from Him.
Something to think about…