The first communion
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Often times you will see an interview with an wealthy busisness man. This business m an invested wisely and he did his research and worked hard. He is a self made man. He has no one to thank for his success but himself.
Amazing isn’t it. Don’t we all wish that we could be self made men? I sure don’t.
This past weekend my church showed a skit about grace by the Skit Guys. It captured the emotions of Peter when he saw Jesus for the first time after Jesus had risen from the dead.
The significance of this meeting was that Peter had denied Jesus while he was dying to pay for his sin. He had promised to stand by Jesus through thick and thin and as soon as things got scary he couldn’t stick to his beliefs and he lied that he did not know Jesus.
I hear so many people with their church bucket list. You know what I mean? All the things they have to do before they can go to church or before they are good enough to accept Christ as their savior.
I have to quit drinking, get married, stop living in sin, get a job, ect ect ect.
I know Easter was yesterday, but as I reflect on what Easter mean, I get this growing feeling that it isn’t talked about enough. There are so many little things about Easter that make it such a spectacular day and such an important piece of human history. This post is going to be shorter, but talk about some things on my mind about Easter that every Christian should remember.
One of those things is the historical importance of Easter itself. Aside from the creation of everything, Easter is the most important event within the entire history (past, present and future) of mankind. That may seem like a bold statement to make considering history isn’t “done” yet, but it isn’t made without reasons. Christ made it clear to use that He is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6). But how would He prove this? Through His sacrifice. Literally, His innocent blood was required for the sins of all mankind (Romans 5:10). His death was the greatest travesty to ever occur in human history, but His resurrection is the most joyous and beautiful event to ever happen.
When a person comes to know Christ as their personal lord and savior it is the beginning of a heart to heart realationship. Each persons relationship may look a little different as God meets each person where they are and walks through their highly personal jounrney with them, convicting them at differnt times about what they should change in their life.
This is much differnt then the system that we find in the Old testimate. There were a list of rules and a list of consequences if those rules are broken.
In the years I’ve worked with youth ministry I have seen many conversions at youth conferences, church services and lock in’s. I’ve seen people take great strides in their spiritual growth only to get side tracked and fall back into the old habits that they chose to leave behind at the events.
This can be a real discouraging thing when you see it happen. Maybe you have seen it in your friends and family as well.
Have you ever read the old testiment and noticed the lists and lists of rules and sacrifices that were required? Have you ever wondered why those were necissary now but not now?
6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[a] Father.”7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Wow read that a few times! Like a pastor of mine once said if that doesn’t light your fire then your woods wet.
This passage tells us we are no longer slaves! No longer bound for hell! No Longer Lost! No longer living in Bondage! Those things are exciting in its self and I haven’t even gotten to the best part!
Romans: 10:9&10 That if you confess with your mouth “Jesus Christ is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you blieve and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.