It was Communion Sonday. The elements were placed neatly on the altar table. The message had been given. The piano was gently playing.
“Now, take a few moments of personal reflection to confess and repent before we disperse the bread and wine.”
Sinner me, I bowed my head. Immediately, recent “stuff” was revealed to me. I confessed. I repented. And, weak vessel that I am, asked the Lord to help me with THIS.
Two, three minutes passed. Was this really long enough to get all of my “stuff” worked through?
Our pastor stood on the platform with the bread, the broken body of our Savior, in his hand – and spoke these words from John 18.37,
For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world…
The very words the Lord spoke to Pontius Pilate the day He walked to Golgotha.
As I sat there, holding the Bread of Life, Holy Spirit whispered to my heart, “The stuff you just confessed? He died for THIS.”
My spirit was flooded with peace.
We all have a THIS. It was FOR THIS, He was born, and, FOR THIS He came into the world…
Kitty Lawrence says
Simple words but holy truth.
It’s hard to understand that HE being the Holy One, the Commander of the Universe and beyond, allows people, just ordinary, everyday people to come to the throne of HIS grace and mercy to partake of the Bread and the Wine. It’s not understandable but it’s welcome. So very welcome.
Simply amazing. xo
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… yes, yes … and all we have to do is accept this incredible gift. and live it out. thank you for these words today, Susan!
Linda, glad you stopped by this morning. Absolutely, HE IS THE BEST GIFT!
Michele Ellison says
A beautiful reminder of the love of Christ and how much we need His grace- thank you! 🙂
Michele, thank you for dropping by. Grace – simply amazing!
Kristin Hill Taylor says
For this. For us. Amen.
I’m glad I linked up next to you at Holley’s place today. 🙂
Kristin, me too!
When I read your post the words of a Christmas song that was written in the 60’s
came to mind: (Jesus was)” Born to die that man might live Came to earth new life to give Born of Mary born so low Many years ago.” Communion reminds me like it did you that it’s only as I apply His death to my personal sin that I have that life. Thank you for sharing.
Yup, it has to be personal! xo Thanks Cous’
Ali Battersby says
Thank you for this today! Wonderful food for thought- your shared experience-
This somehow connected to something else I read today from Psalm 116:5,7
Yahweh is righteous and merciful,
our God is tenderhearted …
Return to your resting place, my soul ;
Yahweh has treated you kindly.
He is so tenderhearted toward us. Thank you, my friend. xoxo
beth willis miller says
Love this post, Susan. I’ve heard that the Greek word for repent is metanoia, which means to change your mind…as God’s word washes over us…thank you for the great visual with your communion experience.
I love that – to change one’s mind! Thanks for dropping by, Beth.