Communion

“Do this in remembrance of Me.”

~~

You have prepared for me a feast;
and though I am unworthy to sit down as a guest,
I wholly rest on the merits of Jesus,
and hide myself beneath his righteousness;
When I hear His tender invitation and see His wondrous grace,
I cannot hesitate, but must come to You in love…

While I gaze upon the emblems of my Saviour’s death,
may I ponder why he died, and hear Him say,

‘I gave my life to purchase ours,
presented myself an offering to expiate your sin,
shed my blood to blot out your guilt,
opened my side to make you clean,
endured your curses to set you free,
bore your condemnation to satisfy divine justice.’

O may I rightly grasp the breath and length of this design,
draw near,
obey,
extend my hand,
take the bread,
receive the cup,
eat and drink,
testify before all men that I do for myself, gladly,
in faith, reverence, and love,
receive my Lord
to be my life, strength, nourishment, joy, and delight.

In the supper I remember His eternal love,
boundless grace,
infinite compassion,
AGONY
CROSS
REDEMPTION
 and receive assurance of
Pardon
Adoption
LIFE
Glory.

As the outward elements nourish my body,
so may your indwelling Spirit
invigorate my soul,
until that day when I hunger and thirst no more,
and sit with Jesus at his heavenly feast.

~~~~

[1] Valley of Vision, Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, page 195.

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