Thursday, March 29, 2018

Holy Week & Communion

For our family and Christians all over, this is Holy Week.  This week commemorates the last week on Earth for our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

I have been a Christian for lots of years.  I actually can't remember not walking with Jesus.  I also can't remember not being upset during Holy Week. It's absolutely gut wrenching for me.  The frustration with disciples who didn't get it.  The agony of betrayal.  The humiliation of the accusations.  The pain of the cross. 

All for me.  All for you.

Let that sink in.  You weren't even a thought.  Neither were a long line of your ancestors.  Yet, God desired a personal relationship with you. He wanted you to have a way to be with Him in Heaven.  Wow!

I'd like to think I wouldn't have denied Jesus like Peter or betrayed Jesus like Judas but who knows.  I'm sure I've denied Jesus at some point in my life.  My actions at times have certainly betrayed the fact that He's my Savior and He's called me to love. 

There is a part of the week I know for sure I'd be guilty of...

And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” Matthew 26:40-46 ESV

Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and he's asked the disciples stay awake and they can't do it.  I'm such a sleeper, I know I would have messed this up too.

Earlier in Matthew 26, Jesus institutes the LORD'S Supper or Communion.

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the[c] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” Matthew 26:26-29 ESV

Our church is hosting a Communion tonight on Facebook Live at 8 pm EST.  I would love to have you join our celebration. Communion is a time for Christians to remember what Christ did for us on the cross.  Even if you're not a Christian, I'd love for you to listen in and learn more about my magnificent Savior.

If you have any questions about Jesus, Easter, Christianity, Salvation or anything please ask in the comments, on FB or Twitter. I'd love to tell you more about what I believe and what the Bible says! Here's the link for live Communion tonight:

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