by Will Ghormley
God is planning a revival in our nation. But first, He must inspire a revival within His Church. That means, he must start a revival within each of us. He wants each of us to take the next step in our walk of faith, to let go of a little more of the life we hold back from him. We are all at different stages in our Christian walk, but I’ll guarantee you, if it doesn’t push you beyond your comfort zone, you haven’t taken a big enough step.
So start this morning by making communion more meaningful, stepping a little further into an understanding of what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross, and asked us to remember in this time of reflection.
Mark 14:22-25 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them; and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.
What did Jesus accomplish through his body that he wants us to remember?
I Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.
What did Jesus accomplish through his blood that he wants us to remember? Jesus was the ultimate Passover Lamb. His life’s blood was pored out, not just to cover, but to wash away our sins.
Hebrews 10:14-25 For by one offering he has perfected forever those that are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also is a witness for us; for before, Jesus had said, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them, And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission is, there is no more offering for sin. Having, therefore brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh. And having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for he is faithful that promised), And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
What does God want from us as we share communion? It isn’t mindless ritual. God has given us “props” to help remind us of the awe inspiring accomplishments of the cross. It is for our benefit to remember and dwell on the body and the blood of the lamb. Allow the Spirit of God to speak to your heart and make clear what He did for you with the cross. It will change your life.