On Sunday our passage from Mark corresponds with our communion service.
In communion we remember God’s grace to us in and through Jesus.
An important part of taking communion is preparing to take it.
Read the warning Paul gives in 1 Corinthians 11:28&29.
Take time over the next few days to examine your heart, life and motivation.
This meal was important to Jesus
Jesus asked them to do something unusual
- They did it
Jesus pointed out that someone would betray him
- Still he shared the Passover meal with them
Solemn – reminding us of our sin and the price Jesus paid to to take our punishment
Joyful – Jesus was able to take the punishment and reconcile us to God
Sign – of God’s grace shown to us in Jesus Christ
Remembrance – a memorial of Jesus’ death
Communion – spiritual union with Jesus
Proclamation – that we are Jesus’
As we take communion
Bread – Jesus’ body – his presence and life
Eulogy – Blessing
- Speak well of Jesus, bless him
Wine – Jesus’ blood – the forgiveness of sin
Eucharist – Give thanks
- For the sacrifice of Jesus and what forgiveness means to you
Past – sacrifice of Jesus
Present – communion with Jesus
Future – the return of Jesus
As we reflect on communion this week prayerfully reflect on the above points on what communion means to us and how we respond to it.
Try and take an extended time this week to bless Jesus and give thanks to him.