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7th March 2023


The Power of Communion

Jesus encourages us to remember Him through a special meal (Luke 22:14-23).
It is known by a variety of names – Communion, The Eucharist, The Lord’s Supper, The family Meal, Mass.
In that meal is help, strength, healing & wholeness. It is a deep means of grace.
It is a special time to meet with & fellowship with the Risen Lord.
We will spend the next few days thinking upon the POWER of Communion.


And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it,
and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.
Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Mark 14:22-26


At that first special meal with the 12 disciples Jesus totally & utterly redefined the Passover Meal.
Jesus was to be the ‘Passover Lamb’ sacrificed for the sins of the people of God.
The Lamb Of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29 & 35).
A New Covenant where God’s grace, mercy & love were abundantly poured out & made known in Christ the Saviour.

The meal centres around the body & blood of Jesus. The bread & wine of communion.
The Bread, representing Jesus’ body, signifying Christ is the bread of life (John 6:35).
The wine, representing Jesus’ blood, which was shed to free us from the penalty & power of sin (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:21-25).
It is a meal full of mystery & symbolism but also a powerful means of communing with the Risen lord.
A grace to bring us into His presence & peace, where there is forgiveness & freedom.
A gift we can take up at any time & in any place, either individually or corporately. SELAH

The Communion meal remembers & celebrates the past.
It gives thanks for the present & at the same time anticipates the future.
It’s focus is on what Jesus has done, is doing, & will do for His people.
From it, & through it, we draw strength, take joy & move deeper into God’s love & grace.
Hallelujah!! What a saviour & what a special meal.
Make the most of the POWER of Communion.


For Reflection

  • How often do I take communion, & with whom?
  • Do I truly experience help, strength, healing & wholeness when I take Communion?
  • Meditate upon the power of Communion.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that there is power in Communion,
And that it is a means of communing with You through your amazing grace.
Jesus thank you that You paid the price for my redemption,
That the New Covenant is through the precious sacrifice of Your body & blood.
Holy Spirit keep me remembering & celebrating all that this special meal symbolizes,
Drawing help, strength, healing & wholeness through fellowship with the Risen Christ.
Lifting my prayers & petitions & staying close to You.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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