communion Devotion for 3/29/2020

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 New International Version (NIV)

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

communion devotion 3/22/2020

Concerning Communion, Jesus told his disciples, to do this in remembrance of me. We can do so by remembering all of the ways He demonstrated His love for us. He loved us with words, actions and ultimately, His sacrifice. So today, during this Communion Service, I want to remember one of Jesus’ acts. Specifically, I want to remember Jesus as the One Who Could not be stopped by mere walls. Let me first explain what I mean by providing some historical context.

The crucifixion and resurrection had just taken place. Meanwhile, During this same time period, the Disciples have self-quarantined themselves in a secured room due to their fear of the Jews.

Why were the disciples afraid? The scriptures don’t say why. But we can make at least two reasonable guesses.

  1. First, the Disciples probably feared the powerful Jewish Leaders who arrested Jesus. Those same people of power could arrest them as well.
  2. Secondly, the Disciples probably feared their own countrymen who just days earlier had called for Jesus’ crucifixion. Would that same mob attack those who had followed Jesus?.  

There are probably other possibilities, but even if there were, I have no desire to criticize the Disciples’ fears, doubts or even their desire to live inside a locked room.You see, I believe that the Jewish threat that existed just outside of the walls of their room was quite real. So real in fact, that the disciples would need supernatural help in order to deal with it.

John, the Disciple Jesus loved reveals how the supernatural help came. We read from John 20:19-20 these words: “So when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, Peace be with you.’ And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” Jesus was not stopped by their walls and their fears. He helped them overcome their doubts when He showed them His scars, proof of His Identity.

The Disciples were practicing Social Distance because of their fear of the Jews. We are practicing social distance because of our fear of a disease. Yet as was true for the Disciples, is also true us for. Walls, even the walls of our home will not keep Jesus away. Jesus said that wherever 2 or more or gathered in His name, that He would be there also. Our Jesus, who cannot be stopped by walls is with each family today. He will help us with our fears, doubts as He strengthens our faith. That is the Jesus I choose to remember today .

communion devotion  3/15/2020

We are in the midst of some troubling times as we live in a world that is filled with fear and panic. All of us have good reason to be concerned and careful. However, as God’s people we need to be calm in the midst of the storm. Our Lord even told us that times like these would come. Even Jesus and His disciples faced some troubling times.

John 16:32-33

 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

This passage reminds us that the Father is with us. Hold onto the part that says, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Remember those words of Jesus as you eat of the bread and drink of the cup.