What I read today

Numbers 15-16; Psalm 66; Isaiah 66; Luke 22; 1 Thessalonians 1

Each year Jewish people around the world celebrate the Passover Seder.  This meal was mandated by God and retells the story of the liberation of the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt.

The Passover would also be Jesus final meal before his crucifixion.

At the conclusion of the Passover meal, he gives us a new meal.  This one to commemorate a new covenant.

He took wine and blessed it and said take and drink this is my blood poured out for you.

Then he took bread and said take and eat this is my body given for you.

For you.  Jesus gave his body and his blood to save you.  We don’t celebrate communion at an annual meal.  We celebrate it throughout the year.  Some churches once a month, some every other week and some every week and some once a quarter.

We celebrate communion to strengthen our faith and to celebrate what Jesus has done for us.  We have been given the gift of this simple meal so that we can be closer to the Savior who gave everything for each one of us.  We celebrate communion because Jesus told us to.  We celebrate communion for the forgiveness of our sins.  We remember all that Jesus has done in this simple ceremony.

We don’t really understand what happens when we take communion.  Many have written books and studies on this ceremony.  But I think Jesus final words sum up what he felt about this sacrament, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

Jesus wants all to come to his table!

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