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June 4, 2010

Christ Centred Communion – Further Thoughts (part IX)

Filed under: Christ Centred Communion — barrynewman @ 10:41 pm

Understanding “Poieite” as “You are Doing” and Luke’s fulfilment texts

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John each record Jesus in one way or another indicating that his suffering was in fulfilment of the Scriptures (e.g. Matthew 26: 24, 54; Mark 9: 12; 14: 21, 27; John 3: 14; 15: 25).  However it is in Luke’s Gospel that the references that Jesus makes to the Scriptures concerning his death are the most pointed and explicit, presumably because his explanations are post resurrection – “ ‘O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” (24: 25-27) and “ ‘These are my words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their mind to understand the scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written that the Christ should suffer and be raised from the dead’ ” (24: 44-46).

Given that it is Luke’s Gospel that records Jesus making the most pointed and explicit fulfilment references to his suffering it may be significant that Luke is also the Gospel that contains the words of remembrance, concerning the suffering Christ – words uttered by Jesus at the Last Passover meal (see also below). If “poieite” is understood as “You are doing” then the words of remembrance are an expression of a fulfilment of the Scriptures.  The words, “Do this in remembrance of me” do not express such a fulfilment.  In recording, “You are doing this in remembrance of me”, Luke provides us with an example of his suffering Christ fulfilment motif and as with the post resurrection fulfilment words, it is what Jesus himself says.

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