Communion has always been an act that blows my mind and really causes me to open my heart to Jesus. I have been a Christian for almost five years now and each communion seems to have more meaning than the last. This past Sunday our pastor explored what he called the “grey Thursday.” Reading through Mark 14 12-72 we see as the Lord instructs the disciples in the first communion, predicts the betrayal, and the denial by Peter. As I listened I started to think about what it must have been like to be Peter in the middle of all the events taking place. Every time something would come up Jesus would send someone away with simple instructions and simple details. Following those simple instructions men would find the path prepared for them. That in its self would’ve been crazy to be part of. But then I start to think about the things that have happen in my life that seemed prepared and I can’t help but to think how the Lord is preparing my steps.
Within my company I have had the fortune of moving around a lot. I started with the company working on a tooling production floor, then moved to our engineering department, then to a management position in production, then to inventory/shipping management, and lastly back to engineering. Most of this occurred in the span of a year! My high school guidance counselor would say not to put that on any resume, “it looks bad to move around so much, in such a little time.” But I can now say that I have the experience I need to be really good at my job. If you have ever worked in the production field of anything I would be willing to bet you have said “I would like to see an engineer do this work” or “it’s easy to write these instructions staring at a screen” at least once. The people that have to complete the production of my work don’t really get to say that much because I can produce the things I engineer and I have been on the ground with my hands covered in materials; still do on most days. All of my experience comes from what the Lord has prepared for me and me stepping faithfully.
In my wife’s life it is clear as well that God has been preparing steps for her and setting up the circumstances in her favor. Being born into a large family and having to assist with the raising of her smaller siblings prepared her to be a teenage mother. As well it prepared her to be the mother my children need.
But looking at the scripture Jesus had prepared the communion so we could remember his sacrifice and renew the remembrance of the Passover. Jesus was preparing our heart, bodies, and souls for the removal of sin and just not just the acts of sin, but the nature of sin completely. John Orr, the pastor at The Stone Church, broke it down like this. We do communion to remember, remember God is the God that saves, that God is the one to forgive, and God is the only one who rescues us.
“This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. 25 Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
This past Sunday John touched on three scenes: The first communion and last supper, the disciples failing asleep, and Peter denying Jesus three times. Each one is a powerful scene that holds its own message. I honestly don’t think that I could relay the message in today’s blog as well as I should. So please if you enjoyed reading this take a moment and check out the Podcast @ TheStoneChurch.TV
Remembering Jesus Christ is what Easter is for and this Easter remember those around you that need that invite.
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