REFLECTIONS ON THE MEMORIAL SUPPER
March 30, 2015
April 3, 2015 will be an historic night for so many of our brothers and sisters around the world. It will mark their first public confession of their union with Christ Jesus, their baptism into his death, their acceptance of sonship and the heavenly inheritance, and their outward demonstration that they ‘obey God as ruler rather than men.’ (Acts 5:29)
For others, it will be the first communion with Christ in full awareness of its meaning and purpose. Though they may have many times in the past taken the bread and wine in ritual observances ordained by men, this night will be the first night they do so in full recognition of Christ Jesus as their honored guest and the only one who can validate its importance.
And there will be millions of brothers and sisters who will be participating in this year’s Remembrance Supper as a demonstration of their continued consecration to doing the Father’s perfect will and their ever-growing commitment to the cause of Christ Jesus and his liberating saving message to our generation.
For us, the authors of this site, this will be our 20th year of full acceptance of our sonship. Yet during the past four years that we have operated this website, our own faith and appreciation of sonship has grown exponentially thanks to the many emails we have received from our brothers the world over sharing their own personal experiences and trials on their journey to sonship. Many of these emails challenged us and caused us to delve deeper and to rely more on the Spirit of Truth. So we are ever thankful for our growing brotherhood and family of faith sons.
In preparation for this years’ Memorial Supper, we looked over our Memorial Articles for the past four years to see if there was more that needs to be said.
Our Most Holy Night, is our Memorial article for 2012. It focuses on John’s account of events surrounding the first Memorial Supper and emphasizes the type of humility and love we should display toward one another.
The next article, Thinking Ahead - Memorial 2013, is a contemplative article that serves to prepare our minds for participating in the upcoming Memorial Supper.
The next article, Eating and Drinking Worthily, addresses the fear-inducing idea that unless a person is part of an elite group of Christians, God will punish them if they partake of the Memorial emblems. This article dispels this God-dishonoring fear.
The next article, Keep Doing This In Remembrance of Me, reminds us how important Jesus is to mankind, not just Christianity, and it contains suggestions on how to conduct a private Memorial Supper.
The next article, The Great Crowd of Partakers, addresses the Doctrine of the 144,000 being the only ones who should partake at the Memorial Supper and shows that the Doctrine is in direct conflict with what the book of Revelation actually says.
Jesus in Our Midst is our Memorial Article for 2013. It is a reenactment of the Memorial Supper placing us in the presence of Jesus and allowing us to decide whether we will ‘take and eat’ as Jesus requested, or whether we will let it pass.
The next article, Fearless Sons of the Kingdom, is a welcome to all who participated in the 2013 Memorial Supper and encouragement for those who did not. We also published several Memorial Experiences of those who participated in the 2013 Memorial.
The next article, A Memorial of Offense, is a strong article revealing the offensive nature of Memorial Suppers where the attendees refuse to have a sharing with Jesus. And it invites the sons of God to host their own private suppers where Jesus is truly honored in the way he requested.
The next article, A Tale of Two Suppers, presents the stark difference between the Memorial Suppers hosted by the Watchtower organization and the Memorials Suppers hosted by the sons of God.
An Intimate Evening With Jesus is our Memorial Article for 2014. It reminds us that the first Memorial Supper was an intimate meal among close friends, not a public spectacle for looky-loos and observers. And it includes suggestions for contemplating the meaning of the Memorial emblems.
The next article Open Letter to the Sons of the Kingdom 2014, is a letter of encouragement in anticipation of the 2014 Memorial Supper for those who are unsure or fearful of participating. We also published several Memorial Experiences of those who commemorated the 2014 Memorial Supper, including those who held their Suppers in private locations apart from the Watchtower Society.
The next article, Who Should Partake of the Memorial Emblems? is a frank discussion of who should and who should not partake, based on a January 15, 2015 Watchtower study article. It is designed to help those who are sitting on the fence to make a personal decision on partaking.
And our final article to date, Choosing to Be Hot, Not Lukewarm, discusses the importance of taking an unequivocal stand with Jesus at the Memorial Supper.
These articles, in conjunction with the many Questions and Responses we posted regarding the Memorial Supper, appear to us to cover all the important and necessary matters. There is not much more that needs to be written.
This ministry is about empowering our brothers and sisters to be masters of their own faith. All who have a sharing in the Memorial Supper have passed over from death to life (John 5:24; 1 John 3:14), from slaves and friends to sons. (Galatians 4:7) You are all members of the household of God and citizens in the heavenly kingdom. (Ephesians 2:19; Philippians 3:20-21) You can take what we have provided in the Memorial section and enhance it with your own meanings and values to make the Memorial Supper your own. And we hope you all continue to grow in your understanding and find new ways to inspire your brothers and sisters whom you come in contact with.
Participating in the Memorial Supper is just the beginning of the race for life. We all have to continue to make our hope sure and do what we can to inspire others to enter the race. You are the salt of the earth, the lights of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16) It is by means of your individual personal ministries that the borders of the kingdom are expanded and heaven is brought down so that God’s will can be done on earth as it is in heaven.(Matthew 6:9-10)
The Memorial Supper is more than a religious observance. It unites us as brothers, as heavenly citizens and as ambassadors of the kingdom of the heavens. It is statement of purpose, a confirmation of consecration, a demonstrative concurrence with the ministry and message of Jesus. Can you see it? Can you understand how the message of sonship can change our world? Can you see how sonship with the Father is the pathway to life for all who want it, not just one religious group or one religious sect. Can you see how sonship transcends all manmade barriers and unites us under a superior bond? If so, you can see why a united worldwide Memorial Supper is a major step in the right direction and why we all need to be active in getting persons of all denominations to share this night in the way Jesus commanded.
On a clear night, go outside and look up at the heavens. You will be looking at your future home. Know that heaven is not some alternate dimension or ethereal reality. It is the real physical heavens consisting of billions of planets and heavenly dwelling places. (John 14:2) The sons who will be given incorruptible, imperishable bodies will be able to take full advantage of their citizenship by traveling throughout the heavens experiencing things heretofore unimaginable. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Where we live, in Southern California, Memorial night is forecast to be clear and warm. It is our intent to conduct our Memorial Supper outdoors where there will be no walls or ceilings to hinder our view of our future home. What better way could there be to openly show ourselves to our onlooking celestial family and unashamedly confess our consecration to our Heavenly Father and His Christ! We will also take that opportunity to discuss our heavenly citizenship, our responsibilities as ambassadorship substituting for Christ, and we will, of course, give thanks to our Father for such a loving and supportive brotherhood.
Not all will have such favorable weather conditions, but if possible, please join us in commemorating the Memorial Supper under the canopy of the stars. And if not on April 3, 2015, then on any other clear night, have a Memorial Supper outdoors. We believe it will add depth of meaning to the Memorial Supper and spark great conversations about the heavenly adventure.
We will again be posting a page for Memorial Experiences this year. We know that many of our brothers are unable to send emails, but for those who can, we would love to hear of your experiences and we will post them to encourage the brotherhood.
May the Father bless each and every one of us, and may we all ‘keep doing this’ whenever we come together, in remembrance of Christ Jesus.