Thursday, April 5, 2012

This Is My Blood.....

"Now the Festival of the Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb in sacrificed.   Jesus sent Peter and John ahead saying, 'Go and prepare the Passover meal so we can eat it together."
Luke 22:7,8

"Then he took some bread, broke it and gave thanks for it saying, 'This is my body given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.".........After supper he took another cup of wine and said, 'This cup is the new covenant between God and His people~ an agreement confirmed with my blood which is poured out as a sacrifice for you."
Luke 22:19,20

Maunday Thursday is a time for us to remember when Jesus gathered with his disciples for the Passover~ a time together before his suffering began.  I agree with Marci Alborghetti, who shared in the Daily Guidepost devotional that often Maunday Thursday gets overshadowed by the sorrow of Good Friday.  But on this day, there was foot washing~ showing love and service to others, and there was the Lord's Supper when those who gathered listened to Jesus speak the words......This is my body.....This is my blood......These words have become so very familiar to all of us who partake in the Lord's Supper during our times of worship.

I miss communing with others at church, but with my illnesses it has not been an option.  I have been blessed to participate in the Lord's Supper at home because my husband Joel is a pastor.  Recently we began having communion as part of our healing journey after reading Paul L King's book, "God's Healing Arsenal"   King had communion every night while battling cancer.  He felt Jesus was not only cleansing his sins, but healing his disease.  By HIS blood we are His blood we are healed.  Paul Stone calls it "the meal that heals".  It is by grace we come to the Table.

Maunday Thursday was a time of joy and love, which gave the disciples the strength to stand with Jesus for what was to come.  It is so with us too.  As we remember today the Feast of the Unleavened Bread and the Lord's Supper, let us be filled with the strength to stand with Jesus for what is to come.  Good Friday.......a time of great sacrifice and suffering..........for our own times of suffering.  Thank you Jesus.

I am linking up to Grace Cafe today.


Sherrey said...

Renee, dropped over from Grace Cafe, and enjoyed very much your post on Maundy Thursday. God must have been linking our hearts and minds today as I posted on Maundy Thursday too! Such a time of reflection before Good Friday. A time of honoring and loving and remembering with Communion and fellowship. I'm praying for you on your journey and for your husband in his role as a pastor. Easter blessings!

Elaine said...

Amen Renee! What a beautiful post. Thank you so much.

I'm so glad you gt to have communion. It is such a special time for us all.

God Bless and Keep You and Joel close in His loving arms.


Joan said...

Beautiful post, Renee. Have a blessed Easter as we celbrate the resurrection of our Savior.