We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.
Jesus used lots of graphic images to drive his messages deeeeep into the hearts of his followers.
Here’s what he said at the Last Supper:
Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
(Matthew 26:26-27; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20)
He gave a similar message earlier in public:
“Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.”
Jesus repeated that key word “remain” in this image:
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Do what Jesus says. Fill up with him. Be forgiven by him. Remember him. Remain in him.
(Image credit: Shutterstock.com / Vaklav Mach)