Friday, April 23, 2010

His timing

1 Corinthians 11:23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread...
The Lord's Supper is a specific way that Jesus us gave us to remember Him.  It is a meal with only two components: bread and wine.  There are no vegetables and there is no dessert.  The solid bread helps us remember the sacrifice of His body for us and the liquid wine captures the New Covenant we have in His blood...the promise of forgiveness, of restoration and of eternal life.  The thing that stood out to me this morning is the phrase above: "in the night in which he was betrayed".  It strikes me that this is our Jesus...the One who stands waiting for us with the greatest of gifts in the very moments when we betray Him...when we aren't even thinking of Him...when we are full of our earthly meals and our personal ambitions.  He gave the instructions for this communion as He was about to be led off to suffer and to complete the image that this meal lays out.  He is thinking of us when we are still distant from Him and the Lord's Supper brings us back to think on Him and to draw near.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Rob Smith

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