While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you; I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26: 26-29
“Just as physical food and drink nourish our bodies, Jesus’ death and resurrection give eternal life to our souls.” We gratefully consider His loving sacrifice and humble our hearts as we receive communion and think about the events of the Last Supper.
Jesus passed a loaf of bread to His followers saying, “This is my body.” He shared a cup of wine saying, “This is my blood.” He knew He would die. But the love of His faithfulness endured. He reminded His disciples how to love one another. We think about this when we come to Jesus with the prayers of our hearts.
Jesus was betrayed and denied by those who said they loved Him. He washed the feet of His disciples in an act of love and spoke about His death. He demonstrated this act of intimacy to help them understand His resurrection and return to God. When we consider the events of that day, we’re humbled to feel a connection with Jesus and grateful for His mercy and love.
‘God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 9-10 NLT
As we prepare for Easter, Christ helps us experience the love He shares with God. When we draw closer to Him, we begin to understand how to commit ourselves to the One who continues to serve us as we serve one another. “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” 1 John:11 NLT
Jesus prayed at the Mount of Olives. While His heart was opened to the Father, He was arrested and taken away to be crucified! This is a day to WELCOME GRATITUDE and thank God for our precious Savior, Jesus! Let’s REMEMBER what HE has already done for EACH one of us! Christ gives us the opportunity to stay faithful forever and benefit from the offering of His LOVE. How will you choose to RECEIVE it? HE is HERE and He loves us.
Dear God, Thank you for Jesus! We’re humbled to remember WHY we must love one another and open our hearts to the power of Your will. We will gratefully take time to draw closer to You, as we connect with our Savior and welcome Him with a servant’s heart. Thank you for helping us remember what has already done for EACH one of us. It humbles our hearts with tears of gratitude and so MUCH love. We can never thank YOU enough! Amen
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