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In communion we remember the sacrifice of Jesus and all it has won for us.

I can’t get past how Colossians 1 says it:

God himself was pleased

   to live fully in his Son.

   And God was pleased

   for him to make peace

   by sacrificing his blood

   on the cross,

   so that all beings in heaven

   and on earth

   would be brought back to God.

   You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. (Colossians 1:19-22)

Before we were lost.

Now we are found.

Before we were separated from God because of sin.

Now we are able to stand in His presence, holy, clean, new, innocent.

Before we were rejected.

Now we are accepted.

Before we were sinners.

Now we are family.

Not because of anything we have done or could do. But all because of what Jesus did.

At communion we remember that Jesus stretched His arms out upon the cross – after being beaten, whipped, mocked, spat on, unjustly convicted – He stretched His arms out as a declaration of Love. I Love you this much!

His death makes the way – makes us found, holy, acceptable, family.

We know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 peter 1:18-19

In Revelation 5 the elders and angels are declaring the wonder of who Jesus is, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, the one who is worthy, the mighty glorious awesome powerful one… and they worshipped Him “because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:9

 

At communion we remember that Jesus died and won. That He died and won a great victory over satan and sin and death! He won the victory that sets us free to be holy and righteous! He sets us free to know our Heavenly Father and to belong with Him forever beginning right now!

Let us remember what He died for and lets LIVE in the reality of the victory! Knowing God. Being loved by Him.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, Hebrews 10:19-23

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

 

Usually communion is quite solemn as we come and Jesus’ sacrifice, but yesterday as I was praying about what to share and say a particular song was playing – and my heart was just again overwhelmed with awe and love and rejoicing at what Jesus won for us – so I invite you to come and and CELEBRATE communion with thankful hearts – with thankful lives – rejoicing in all that Jesus died for – our redemption – our restoration – our reconciliation!

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