Sunday, May 04, 2014

May 4, 2014 … Our Lord's Supper

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 124

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go this video link to hear Chris Tomlin singing, Amazing Love, reminding all Christians to honor our Lord and Savior for what He did on that cross; … truly it was amazing love that we should remember until He comes for His Bride.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: 1st Corinthians 11: 26 [NKJV] …  
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
Highlight Passage [Context] #1 – NKJV: 1st Corinthians 11: 23-32 [NKJV] … Go to this link  

Reference Passages #1: Luke 22: 14-23 [NKJV] … Go to this link …   Luke also describes the institution of the Lord’s Supper

Reference Passage #2 : John 3: 16 [NKJV] … You know it!!! Reference Passage #3 : Romans 12: 1-2 [NKJV] … Hopefully we all know this one too … and live it every day ... 
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

My Journal for Today: This morning’s Our Daily Bread devotional reminded me of the seriousness of the Eucharist, the ordinance in which we Christians participate to honor, worship, and remember the sacrifice of our Savior on the cross to atone for our sins. As Chris Tomlin sings in the song to which I’ve linked readers today, Christ’s sacrifice truly was Amazing Love, which we celebrate when we take the bread and the juice (or wine). And as Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 11 and Romans 12: 1-2, the Eucharist should help us to live our lives as to worship our Lord and remember His sacrifice for us.

I’m an Elder in my local church; and each Sabbath we offer The Eucharist as a reminder of Christ’s sacrificial love for us; and, as I'm serving the elements each Sunday, I’m always touched by those who come to the table, obviously taking the elements with genuine emotion, maybe even in tears, remembering what our Lord did on that cross to redeem us from our sins. Taking the bread and the juice (wine) is serious business; and if you read about the institution of the Ordinance of Communion, in either Luke 22 or especially Paul’s account in 1st Corinthians 11, one has to be impressed as to how serious Christ meant for this remembrance to be. Roman Catholics actually believe that the bread becomes the Body of Christ and the wine actually is wonderfully and miraculously transformed into His blood. And though Protestants believe that the bread and the juice are symbols of Christ sacrifice; all Christians should recognize and remember, in the Eucharist, what Christ did on that cross for you and for me.

So, the next time we Christians take the Lord’s Supper, maybe even today because it’s the Sabbath, I pray we all do so with the reverence the ordinance deserves; and then we make a commitment to live our lives in remembrance for the amazing sacrificial love of our Savior.

My Prayer for Today … Yes, Lord, I do live in remembrance of You; and may my life be a living sacrifice for what You did for me.  … Amen

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