For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26).
Talking about being in AWE! I get what I call the “Holy Bumps” all the time when I feel God’s presence. I look so forward to the day when I will see my Lord face to face. Nothing can compare to that moment!
Honestly, can you imagine, walking, talking, witnessing miracles, being taught by God in the flesh! I would hope that I would have hanged on, to EVERY word my Lord and Savior said, and ALL he did!
Now, I want you to meditate, on the last supper, for just a few moments. Picture it vividly in your minds. Can you sense what that moment was like, for those closest to Jesus Christ at that time?
However, what took place changed EVERYTHING! As Jesus was preparing, to have his final meal with his disciples, he knew beforehand, that one of his twelve, would soon betray him. How it must have crushed his spirit, and shattered his broken heart!
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought the opportunity to betray Him. (Matthew 26:14-16).
Thirty pieces of silver! That was all his Lord and Savior, was worth to Judas? I can NOT begin to imagine, what was going through his mind, after they had taken Jesus away.
Judas hanged himself, but friends Hell will be his eternal resting place!
See Friends, Jesus knew throughout his whole ministry, what the purpose of his life was to be used for. His life and death were to pay OUR atonement of sins. Past Sins, Present Sins, and Future Sins! Do You and I deserve what he went through for us?
One Word! NO!!!!!
You and I deserve NOTHING from Jesus Christ, yet he loved us, while we were still enemies of him.
Jesus Christ was sinless, yet he died an excruciatingly painful death, on a rugged Roman cross, for YOU and for ME! Jesus Christ deserved absolutely NONE, of what was done to him, that dreaded dark day.
Oh, to think of the pain he endured for me, brings tears pouring down my face. I simply can’t comprehend, how Jesus Christ can love someone like me, who is so undeserving of his magnificent love!
However, for us to be reconciled to God, atonement had to be paid. It took a spotless lamb, without a single blemish, to shed the blood necessarily, to cover ALL our sins in full. That was the blood from my savior, poured out on Mount Calvary, to make me right before almighty God!
I want to share with you, how I viewed communion, for the longest time. Growing up I thought it was taboo and sacrilegious. I worked at a nursing home back in KY, and communion was something our residents did every Sunday.
As they were preparing to take communion, I thought to myself, How can they drink that? Do they NOT realize what they’re doing? Do they NOT know that this is something to take seriously? I wanted to shout STOP!
See Friends, I had the misconception, that you need to live a “Perfect Life” in order to partake of communion. I’ve come to realize that’s NOT true at all. Trust me, it has taken me a long time, to figure that one out!
Scripture states it plainly. If you are a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, it is an ordinance from Jesus Christ himself. For as long as we are on this earth, we are to take the bread and drink the cup, in remembrance of Jesus’ body broken for us, and the blood he shed for us until he returns to take us home to Heaven.
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this IN REMEMBRANCE of me.” In the same way, also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, IN REMEMBRANCE of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).
So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. ( 1 Corinthians 11:27-29).
I want to be honest with you friends, these couple of scriptures makes me feel like I’m hyperventilating sometimes. I am so frightened that I would take communion in an unworthy manner. I would NEVER do that purposely. Even now, I Pray beforehand and ask God to forgive anything in my life, that isn’t in order, and convict me of it.
When I rededicated my life to God, I still REFUSED to do communion. I knew I could NEVER live up to the standards, of being worthy enough to do so. The Pastor’s at my Church gave me scriptures, to show me I viewed it all wrong.
This is the thing I had to get wrapped around my brain. If I waited till I was “WORTHY ENOUGH” I would be waiting FOREVER!! It’s NOT humanly possible, for me to be worthy, or live a perfect life. That’s why I have Jesus. When God sees me, he sees his perfect beloved Son.
Only Jesus Christ is perfect and worthy. Once I finally got that figured out, I understood the meaning of communion. As a born again follower of Jesus Christ, I do these ordinances to remind myself what Jesus did for ME!
I still have moments where I second guess, and let it pass me by. I know scripture states if you have sins you have NOT confessed, or an unresolved issue with another brother or sister, go to the individual first, and make it right, then you can proceed.
Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:24).
Everything I write on my Blog and Facebook, are words that God places on my heart. I know someone needs to read this with unveiled eyes. Maybe you, like me, have a misconceived idea about this issue. My Prayer is that this post helps you view this experience in a new light. It really is a humbling experience and draws you in a closer relationship with God.
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Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.