I thought to speak today on communion, since it is Sunday today and the day most Christians remember God.
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, "Take this and divide it among you.
This in and of itself is symbolic. It symbolizes the cup that Jesus was about to drink from, the cup of suffering. This is seen clearly when Jesus
says, take up your cross and follow me. Yet, we see here that our suffering is also divided. We don't take the full measure of the cup HE was about to
drink from, only a small portion.
Those sitting closest to Jesus drank from the cup first, then next in a half circle, until the time it comes back around the table to the ones closest
to Jesus on the other side. This symbolizes time, from the first to the last, from his life to his second coming, HIS people share in the cup of HIS
suffering for HIS name.
Then, after that, we see what Jesus gave to us, in broken body, in spilled blood.
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." And
in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood."
We see what HE gave for us, so that we could join HIM in heaven. We suffer some but that we may have life more abundantly. To follow HIM carries it
own smaller cross. Heaven is the promise, Jesus is the fulfillment. But it will have its small share of its own suffering. Its own rejection of men.
We partake in HIS body, the cup of his suffering for us. This means, all who are part of HIS body will have a small portion of that. HIS Body is HIS
church. HIS people. HIS true followers.
He isn't promising us that this road we take will be easy - but HE promises the reward at the end will be more than worth it all. Rejoice in heaven,
HE told the 72.
I am told they are sprinkled here there and everywhere. Let us all pray for them, as they share in that cup of remembrance.
Some children in another country recently died for the testimony of Jesus Christ on their lips, and I think of them right now. They took that cup, and
drank in remembrance of HIM. They had a choice - recant their faith and live, or stick with their testimony and die. They chose death. I would have
too, and I know today they are in heaven. Indeed they did not choose death, but Life eternally.
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