Sunday, October 7, 2012

R.S.V.P


Lord's Supper
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Today was universal Communion day and many various churches and denominations were invited to gather at the large table on the first Sunday in October.  Here they would all remember the body and blood given to us by Jesus Christ

Pastor Jerry read from Mark 14:12-16 regarding Jesus and his disciples preparing for the Passover Celebration.  I glean from his sermon.

It was at the feast that Jesus tried to explain to his disciples what would come to pass in a few days and to give them comfort and hope.

Jesus Christ is after all the hope of the World.

When an invitation goes out to a party or to a wedding, there often are the initials. R.S.V.P. at the bottom.  Most people understand the initials to mean that a reply is requested if they plan to attend.

Some will ignore the initials, but show up anyway, and perhaps the host has not planned for enough food, because some did not reply.    That could prove embarrassing to all.


Today 2.2 billion Christians will celebrate “Communion” or the Lords Supper.  East, West, South and North will gather at the table to remember and to search their hearts.

The ancient Passover celebration recorded in the Bible was in an upper room. 

 He instructed his disciples to look for a man carrying a pitcher of water and to follow him and see where he goes.  Then to ask the master of the house, “Our teacher says, where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”  Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared, there make ready for us.

It was unusual for a man to carry water, because this was a woman’s job, so a man carrying a pitcher would be easy to spot.  Everything happened just as Jesus said it would and they prepared the Passover as he instructed them.

The habit in those days was to recline and relax when dining.  Jesus was not in a hurry because this night was special.  He was revealing a new truth that was difficult to accept.

As we come to the table, we may feel unworthy, but Jesus had made us worthy.

Jesus wants to give each of us meaning for our lives.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 

The invitation is going out.   R.S.V.P.

 
This post is linkedwith Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday Use it on Monday


 

2 comments:

  1. I love communion. Different churches and denominations handle it somewhat differently and I've been so blessed at some of them. I don't take it for granted. One of my favorites is when Dave and I can go to a separate side location after receiving our items and we can pray together ... he always lifts our kids and grandkids, for certain, and prays for health and restoration ... and then we take it together. Always such a blessing. Always look forward to it.

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  2. Thank God that He has made us worthy! I thought your observation about the man carrying the water was interesting--I had never noticed that before. Communion has come to mean so much more to me as I grow in my faith. It is remembering Christ's sacrifice, but it is also celebrating that He has made all things new in Him. I enjoyed the perspective you shared. :)

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