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So, What did Jesus say about Communion? December 17, 2009

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Over and over again the Bible tells us to remember what God has done.  I think this is because when we remember what God has done we are more apt to do what He would do.

On our final week of our semester I thought it would be fitting to take some time to remember what God has done for us and our spiritual journey this semester.

A.W. Tozer gives us a wonderful perspective on God’s total forgiveness and acceptance of us.  While I read this segment, allow yourself to be overwhelmed with gratitude that we have a God where there is no pettiness, no drama, no gossip, no manipulation.  In God we find only pure, unblemished, amazing love.

“How unutterable sweet is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows us completely.  No talebearer can inform on us, no enemy can make an accusation stick; no forgotten skeleton can come tumbling out of some hidden closet to abash us and expose our past; no unsuspected weakness in our characters can come to light to turn God away fro us, since He knew us utterly before we knew Him and called us to Himself in the full knowledge of everything that was against us.”  AW Tozer

On the night Jesus was betrayed, He took the bread and broke it.  He thanked God as He said this to His disciples…

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

On that same night, Jesus lifted His cup of wine, thanked His Father and said…

“This is my blood, poured out for you, for the forgiveness of your sins; a token of the new and everlasting covenant.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  Luke 22:17-20

Even though His betrayal was in motion, Jesus still served communion.  He reclined at the table in the presence of His enemy.  Jesus knew that in a few short hours He would face rejection, torture and execution.  And with the longing and passion of His humble heart, He looked forward to getting His disciples together around the table for the sake of communion.

On each of your chairs there is a napkin.  Each of us have done things that we aren’t proud of.  At times we are more bent toward pettiness than we are the things of Christ.

  • Write in the center of the napkin the one thing that you think is standing in the way of the relationship that you want with God.
  • Write down the one fear that keeps you up at night.
  • Maybe it’s a persons name that you’re in conflict with and can’t seem to find a way out.

Before His followers had a chance to be traumatized by the devil’s evil schemes, Jesus put a flag in the ground.  In so many words He said to them “Remember this…Remember Me.” Remember that the enemy didn’t take my like, but I freely gave it.  Remember that once your badness disqualified you from Heaven’s greatness, the Father’s goodness has saved you.  This is the new covenant.  Remember that though I am well aware of what lies ahead for me on the cross, My deepest desire is to be with you.  To break bread with you, and remind you that My promises are true.  Though schemes are being devised behind My back, I want you…My beloved…to see My face!

As we read again from Luke we are going to serve each other in this communion experience.

On the night Jesus was betrayed, He took the bread and broke it.  He thanked God as He said this to His disciples…

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

As you pass the bread to your neighbor retell them this truth and repeat

“This is Christ’s body broken for you…”

On that same night, Jesus lifted His cup of wine, thanked His Father and said…

“This is my blood, poured out for you, for the forgiveness of your sins; a token of the new and everlasting covenant.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  Luke 22:17-20

As you pass the juice to your neighbor retell them this truth and repeat

“This is Christ’s blood, shed for you…”

As if that night was one seamless Kingly piece of fabric, Jesus served, loved and in the middle of a plan against His life, He reminded us to remember Him.

Outside the soldiers were receiving their orders to find and capture a rebel.  Inside, the King of the universe was preparing to go to the Cross.  Empty accusations.  Kingdom response!

Now, take your napkin with your message on the inside.  Put your finger on the spot where you have your words written, now take this and place it in your empty cup.  Now unfold your napkin.  This is how Christ sees our hurts.  He has covered them with His blood.  There is nothing we can do our say that takes us out of His love.  His love covers us.

For today we step away from our imagined rights and simply remember Him.  When we take communion, we must seriously consider what lives in our heart and what fuels our motivations.  As we begin to understand more and more the unexplainable wonder of His love, we’ll want to go to Him first about everything that troubles us.  And when we talk with Him first we find refreshment.

It’s been a blessing sharing with you this semester.  Have a wonderful class wrap-up and a Christ-filled Christmas.  We’ll see you for our next semester in February.

If you’d like to join this study in real time…I’m teaching it at HopePark Wednesday Mornings & Thursday Nights. If you’re a Nashville local, the door is always open. We’re at 8001 Hwy. 70 South, just off I-40. Online at http://hopepark.com and on twitter @hopepark.

Me…well you can find me twittering @jodytodd.

Have a great week!

Jody



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