Monday, September 21, 2015

intersection of communion and the cross

Welcome to the place where we meet Jesus, where He changes our lives and where we reflect on what He has done and what we are going to do.  That is not one singular place but many.  It is also not a few minutes of time but much time.

Jesus spent 3 years of his life with the men we know as the disciples, his closest followers and friends.  Not many days before the cross and the resurrection, Jesus called these men to celebrate a meal together.

Many around that table on that particular night didn’t understand and couldn’t wrap their minds around the things Jesus said.  Think about it.

In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.”

“Do this in remembrance of me,” Jesus said.  Remembering is not enough.  Don’t do this thoughtlessly or in the wrong way.  Let this happening remind each of us to do what Jesus did … honor those who are around you.

But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

Jesus’ life and death was full of purpose.  Jesus lived with purpose teaching us to do the same.  Living with purpose isn’t optional.  It is really a blessing from God.  We can follow Jesus’ example.  Everything from Jesus’ birth to His death, burial and resurrection highlighted Jesus’ purpose.  Follow it.

He has given us purpose.  His purpose, His gifting our lives and our days changes the way we live.  Embrace that truth and live that reality. 

The intersection of communion and the cross is a difficult place.  The disciples didn’t understand and often we don’t understand. 

It is the hard places of life and the stresses of life that remind us that life is not all about us.  Life is intended to have deep meaning.  Life is intended to be full and enjoyed.  It is about our pleasure.  It is about our honoring God.

Matthew 5:16  NASB
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

It’s not an option.  Shine.  Serve.  Let others see Jesus.  Practice the grace of communion, time with God, so that the message of the cross continues to be real and really transforming our lives and the lives of others.

NOTE: My mom is still in the hospital and now waiting results of an MRI because of some confusion that has become evident over the weekend.  Please keep on praying for her.  

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