“And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you.”
Most of what the Savior says in v. 7 and v. 11 sounds familiar to us, except these words: “which I have shown unto you.” This phrase opens up some interesting interpretive possibilities (these were discussed during our Saturday Study Group last week):
- When these Nephites took the sacrament, they remembered an actual body they had seen (3 Ne 11:15)
- The body they saw and remembered was a resurrected body.
- But, they also saw the holes in his hands. They saw a dying and resurrected body in the same moment!
- Imagine, someone said (Kim?), these hands breaking the bread in front of you – with the holes but resurrected.
- What significance did the bread have to them that we miss?
- How many generations used this phrase? It’s gone by Moroni.
- When you add this phrase, it balances, poetically, with the phrase “which I have shed for you” in v. 11
- The “remember” in v. 7 seems to point to the event of Christ’s visit