Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Significance Of His Death (Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional)

Pastor Chris
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come (1 Corinthians 11:25-26).

The Apostle Paul, by the Spirit, captures for us the words of Jesus the night He was betrayed. Notice what the 26th verse of our opening scripture says: "For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do SHEW the Lord's death till he come". The underlined word is the Greek "kataggello", which means to proclaim, declare, and make known; to testify! As often as you take the Holy Communion, you're announcing, proclaiming, declaring, and making known the Lord's death. What's the benefit of this?
First is the significance of His blood that He shed for us, which we'll forever talk about. That's the blood that purges you, cleanses you, and speaks for you when anything goes wrong. 1 John 2:2 says, "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." His blood was divine; that's the blood that reconciled us to God and by which we've received eternal life. By His blood, we've been justified and saved from wrath (Romans 5:9). Blessed be God!
When we talk about His blood, we're actually referring to His death. He made a new will —the New Testament. And a will is of no effect until the testator dies. So, we proclaim His death, because we know God raised Him from the dead, that we might live. His death is the testimony of the will that has been ratified, by which we've received all the Abrahamic blessings.
Stand strong in your faith in the blood of Jesus. Through Him, not only have we obtained remission of sins, we've also received justification by His resurrection from the dead. Man's salvation was granted on the basis of His shed blood. Our faith in His resurrection is an absolute faith and declaration of His death: for if there were no death, there would have been no resurrection.
PRAYER
Dear Father, I'm forever grateful for the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for me, and through which I've been reconciled to you and now have eternal life. That blood purges, cleanses me from all unrighteousness, and speaks glorious things on my behalf. Every time I take the communion, I announce, declare, and proclaim the Lord's death, which has ushered me into the divine life of unending victory, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Further Study: || Matthew 26:26-28 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. ||
|| 1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? ||
Daily Scripture Reading
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Philippians 2:19-3:1-11,
Isaiah 38-39
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: John 3:22-36,
1 Kings 9
EXTRACT FROM: Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional