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Communion

“Do this in remembrance of Me.”

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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.

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

Surprising Grace

“This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me….This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My Blood.”  Luke 22:19, 20

Jesus shared the Passover supper with His disciples, just as many are sharing and celebrating it today. But it was a Passover like no other. He illuminated the disciples and all future generations to the deeper meaning behind that significant feast. He was, is, the Lamb, whose blood was painted on the doorpost of our hearts, and He is the Bread of Life;  He satisifes, completes, finishes, and perfects all God’s requirements and man’s needs.

As Oswald Chambers shares in My Utmost for His Highest,

 “every human being can get through into the presence of God now because of what the Son of Man went through.” 

Spurgeon also calls us to marvel in Jesus’ unspeakable gift, and realize that

 “all the unknown joys He gives were bought with agonies unknown!” 

Today, I mix old with new, sharing first a 18th century hymn, then a personal favourite by Michael Card, both proclaiming the wonder and surprising grace of the Lord’s call to “Come and Dine,” and share in His final Passover.  You can listen to Michael Card’s song in the blue Music Box.

Surprising Grace
by Samuel Stennett, 1787

Lord, at Thy table I behold
The wonders of Thy grace:
But most of all admire that I
Should find a welcome place;

I that am all defiled with sin
A reel to my God;
I that have crucified His Son,
And trampled on His blood.

What strange surprising grace is this
That such a soul has room!
My Saviour takes me by the hand,
My Jesus bids me come.

Had I ten thousand hearts, dear Lord,
I’d give them all to Thee;
Had I ten thousand tongues, they all
Should join the harmony.

 

Come To The Table
by Michael Card

Come to the table and savor the sight
The wine and the bread that was broken
And all have been welcomed to come if they might
Accept as their own these two tokens
The bread is His body, the wine is the blood
And the One who provides them is true
He freely offers, we freely receive
To accept and believe Him is all we must do

Come to the table and taste of the Glory
And savor the sorrow, He’s dying tomorrow
The hand that is breaking the bread
Soon will be broken
And here at the table sit those who have loved you
One is a traitor and one will deny
And He’s lived His life for them all
And for all be crucified

Come to the table He’s prepared for you
The bread of forgiveness, the wine of release
Come to the table and sit down beside Him
The Savior wants you to join in the feast.

Come to the table and see in His eyes
The love that the Father has spoken
And know you are welcome, whatever your crime
For every commandment you’ve broken
For He’s come to love you and not to condemn
And He offers a pardon of peace
If you’ll come to the table, you’ll feel in your heart
The greatest forgiveness, the greatest release!

Come to the table He’s prepared for you
The bread of forgiveness, the wine of release
Come to the table and sit down beside Him
The Savior wants you to join in the feast!

In Remembrance

I’d like to share another Spurgeon devotional about something near and dear to my heart–the Lord’s Supper, Communion, or the Lord’s Table.  While we lived in Canada, we attended a small church that celebrated communion every Sunday.  Some might think that doing so would diminish the meaning of the “sacrament” or the Sacrifice.  But for me, sharing the bread and wine (juice, whatever) became more meaningful, more significant each and every week.  It became an anticipated time of reflection on the Cross, repentance for my sins, but most of all, thankfulness for God’s love toward me!

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“This do in remembrance of me.”  I Corinthians 11:24

“The implication from today’s text seems to be that Christians may forget Christ!  There could be no need for this loving exhortation if there were not a fearful supposition that our memoires might prove treacherous.  Nor is this a bare supposition.  It is, alas, too well confirmed in our experieince, not as a possibility, but as a lamentable fact!  It appears almost impossible that those who have been redeemed by the blood of the dying Lamb, who have been loved with an everlasting love by the eternal Son of God, could forget that gracious Saviour.  But if startling to the ear, it is, alas, too apparent to the eye to allow us to deny the crime.

Forget Him who never forgot us!  Forget Him who poured His blood forth for our sins!  Forget Him who loved us even to the death! Can it be possible??

Yes, it is not only possible, but conscience confesses that it is too sadly a fault with all of us, that we permit Him to be as a wayfaring man tarrying but for a night.  He whom we should make the abiding tenant of our memories is but a visitor therein.  The Cross, where one would think that memory would linger and inattentiveness would be an unknown intruder, is desecrated by the feet of forgetfulness.

Does not your consciense say that this is true?  Do you not find yourselves forgetful of Jesus?  Some creature steals away your heart, and you are unmindful of Him on whom your affection out to be set.  Some earthly business engrosses your attention when you should fix your eye steadily on the Cross.  It is the incessant turmoil of the world and the constant attraction of earthly things that take away the soul from Christ.  While memory too well preserves a poisonous weed, it permits the Rose of Sharon to wither.  Let us charge ourselves to always remember our Jesus, our Beloved, and whatever else we let slip, let us hold fast to Him!”