Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover."
“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.
He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there."
They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
2 thoughts on “Communion in the Wilderness”
Thanks so much for your message, Communion in the Wilderness.
Nine months ago i moved to Nevada in a “last ditch” effort to reconcile with my adult son (he is 50) after years of alienation from him.
I had been sent out to my church in Colorado, blessed and many promises were spoken that my “desert” would bloom in this season.
Since then, apart from a few e-mails, I have not seen him though he lives less than an hour away.
This past month, after much prayer I felt the Lord suggest that I should takecommunion each evening before I retire…not as any kind of formula, or action to break through, but as an act of obediencein communion with him.
Then, earlier this week I understood that I was to surrender all of it to the Lord and to go to the mountain and “build an altar” of reliquishment.
This evening, I came on line to watch WHC and immediately was drawn to the title of your message…I am so blessed by your honest and open remarks about the living in the valley of disappointment and then by the example of humility and transparency of your friend Scott
What I have learned this month is the value of communion with the Savior in these deep places of grief. Hopefully, I will be able to grow in grace through this process as is so evident in your friend and in the wisdom of your message.
The statement, “Jesus Instituted the practice of communion”, has always bugged me. The way the ‘meal’ was done in the early church, i strongly suspect, looked very much different than does the ‘grape juice and cracker’ religious ceremony we practice in our churches.