The best life is a God First life

Category: Communion

Why every week?

The first day of the week comes every week, and it’s called Sunday. On this day, because we love God and are grateful for the love we have received, we set aside time to communion with fellow Christians and Christ. (Matthew 18:20)
 
We partake of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine as a remembrance of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, His body, and His blood, which was shed that we might have eternal life in heaven.
 
We do so because of the example we find in Acts 20:7, here we see his disciples gathered on the first day of the week to remember Jesus’s sacrifice the way Jesus instituted it. 
 
Before His death and resurrection, Jesus taught the concept of eternal life through His body and blood in John 6:22-71. Jesus also set forth this remembrance in the accounts we find in: Matthew 26:26-30 and Luke 22:14-21
 
After Jesus’s resurrection, Paul addresses the Church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 11: 17-34  They were guilty of abusing this time of communion.
 
It’s fair to surmise from Scripture that this should be a solemn time when we seriously examine ourselves, judge ourselves, and reflect on the cross. A time when we reflect on the love and sacrifice Jesus extended to us. Making it possible for us to have eternal life in Heaven.  1 Corinthians 11:26-29
 
 
 
God First!

Because we love

Scripture tells us, Baptized believers are those who are “In Christ,” and when we are “In Christ,” God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit work in and through us. Christ told us if we love Him, we will keep his commandments, and he gives us a New Commandment. ‘That we love others as He loved us.’

Christ surely knew when he bore our sins in death; He would temporarily be separated from his Father. I imagine that to Christ; separation would be worse than all the torture and death itself; no wonder he was sweating blood. However, Christ went through with His Father’s plan that you and I might have eternal life with God.

Christ allowed himself to be sacrificed on the cross out of love for his Father and us. He prayed not mine, but your will, be done! The emptiness and pain Christ must’ve felt when He cried out, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani,” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

As the Hymn says: I gave, I gave My life for thee, what hast thou giv’n for Me?

I look forward each day to my time in prayer, often thanking God for all the blessings both seen and unseen, and yes, even for the hardships that help us learn to be better we’s.

I look forward to each 1st day of the week when we take time to gather in worship and, by doing so, express our love and gratitude for God’s love. Each week, I look forward to communing with my fellow Christians as we reflect on the Cross and partake the bread and fruit of the vine representing the body and blood of Christ shed, that we might live. We find eternal life in heaven, In Christ!

God First!

Related Scriptures:

Galatians 3:23-29, Philippians 2:13, John 13:34–35, John 17:23, 2nd Corinthians 13:5, Romans 8:10-11, Galatians 5:22-26, Acts 2:38, John 1:1, Matthew 27:46, Acts 20:7, Luke 22:17-20

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