Perhaps when we wrote this title, we knew that perhaps we were going in the wrong direction! A lot of bread and a lot of wine. Buit I wanted to take this perspective because those are the elements of communion service, plenty of bread so there's no shortage and plenty of wine so everyone has little of it. Surely the bread represents the body of Christ and the wine his blood. We are reminded of this so very often. But let's take the bread first, which is the word of God- the bible. We need plenty of bread, plenty of the word. And I don't have to remind anyone that reading the bible is the way to get the word. We just have to make time to open the pantry and get the bread. It's so basic to have nourishment physically and spirtiually. And now we take the other half-the wine, the shed blood of our Lord. The wine is the life like the blood. The holy spirit. The holy spirit is the very life that we hope for. And we need plenty of that. The life we get by prayer because its a gift. For the life we have to ask. Just as we partake of the bread, we partake the life that is in Christ. Bible and prayer go together. The bible has no meaning if we don't pray for enlightenment on the things of God. Jesus is both. He said "I am the bread of life", or the truth and he said "I am the life.." Which is the shed blood and the wine. And there is something that he said that we haven't mentioned and that he said "I am the way..." Jesus is the only door to heaven. Jesus is the only invitation to the bread and the wine. You need an invitation to pass through the door. And no one invites himself. Let's turn to 2Samuel 5:1-5 and it points out that even king David did not appoint himself king, but had an annoitment from God and then and invitation by the people. Let read, ["... 1Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, "Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD said to you, 'You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.'" 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years...] Even the Messiah did not thrust himself upon humanity, he was the answer to a long sought consolation and deliverance from bondage for Israel, ["...Luke 2:25 (Whole Chapter) Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was [Luke 1:6 ] righteous and [Acts 2:5; 8:2; 22:12 ] devout, [Luke 2:38; Luke 23:51; Isa 25:9; Mark 15:43; Gen 49:18 ] waiting for [Isa 40:1; 57:18] the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him...] So we have the bread, the wine, the invitation and then came Jesus, the consolation. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
This is my body... broken for you... Take, eat...
This is my blood, shed for you.... do this in rememberance of me...
Of this bread, we can never have too much. By this wine, we are saved.
Amen, brother, amen.
Alive in the Word
Thank you brother 'aliveintheword' for finishing up our study. The great consolation that comes from partaking of the body and the wine of Chist, his shed blood. The Lord has blessed us again. Amen.