VIA DOLOROSA; Step 1

Matthew 26:26-30 “During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: Take, eat. This is my body. Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, God’s new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins. “I’ll not be drinking wine from this cup again until that new day when I’ll drink with you in the kingdom of my Father.”
They sang a hymn and went directly to Mount Olives.”

Terry wiped his mouth with the napkin, drank some more water and sat back in his chair. His belly strained against his belt as he took quick shallow breaths. Boy was he full! After resting 5 minutes, Terry got up, paid his bill and left the restaurant. He had a long journey ahead of him.

The Last Supper was more than just a preparatory meal for the journey ahead. It was more than a prescribed ritual for a select set of people. It was a fellowship with loved ones bearing the promise of eternity despite the torrid drudgery of the immediate present.  

Christ reached out to the people He had with him at the time with what He had on Him at the time. It was a come as you are situation; much like the way He calls for us today. Much as the way He asks to use us today. Unlike the Passover, the blood sacrifice was yet to be shed and once it was (Christ Himself being the sacrifice) there was no need for any other sacrifice ever again. 

When Christians gather and share the Holy Communion, they share a unity with God and strengthen a bond with each other. It is a Remembrance and expression of belief that leads to a display of God’s glory in whatever situation is on hand. Prayers offered during the Eucharist are often borne out of a desperate need to touch God. Which parent wouldn’t respond when the memory of their beloved departed is invoked.

It is little wonder that a call to unity loaded with the amazing power of God is the first stop on the Via Dolorosa.


Think About This 

Are you prepared for the journey ahead? How do you draw strength in your Christian walk? Do you share a unity with God?

Prayer

Dear Lord, Help me to see the Holy Communion as away to draw closer to You and not a ritual that is part of a service. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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