One of the last commandments of Jesus was given on the eve of the Crucifixion. During a time that should have been filled with stress and fear, the Lord took the time to fellowship with the Disciples in remembrance of the Passover. Near the end of this meal, Matthew tells us that the Lord took bread and broke it and blessed it. Then the Lord said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Similarly, the Lord commanded them to drink from the same cup He had blessed, saying “Drink ye all of it.”
While these commands certainly pertain to the Communion service, it is critical for us to realize that this level of relationship with Christ is not optional. It is a command. These men lived through the next days of the Passion of the Jesus Christ and then experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. These events changed them forever. Their commitment to Jesus was solid, and though it cost them their lives, they did not back away from it. They truly consumed Jesus’ teachings, His commands, His Spirit fully without doubt.
The Christian life requires commitment and dedication from the inside out. Therefore, we too must eat and drink Christ.
Join us to go deeper into this topic this Wednesday. Here is the lesson handout.
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