And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19.
In the last Passover our Lord observed with His disciples, He instituted the Lord’s Supper in place of the Passover, to be observed in memory of His death.
The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages.
God has not left it with men to say who shall present themselves on these occasions. For who can read the heart? Who can distinguish the tares from the wheat? “Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” For “whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” “He that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” 1 Corinthians 11:28, 27, 29….
In partaking with His disciples of the bread and wine, Christ pledged Himself to them as their Redeemer…. As we receive the bread and wine symbolizing Christ’s broken body and spilled blood, we in imagination join in the scene of Communion in the upper chamber. We seem to be passing through the garden consecrated by the agony of Him who bore the sins of the world. We witness the struggle by which our reconciliation with God was obtained. Christ is set forth crucified among us.
Looking upon the crucified Redeemer, we more fully comprehend the magnitude and meaning of the sacrifice made by the Majesty of heaven. The plan of salvation is glorified before us, and the thought of Calvary awakens living and sacred emotions in our hearts. Praise to God and the Lamb will be in our hearts and on our lips; for pride and self-worship cannot flourish in the soul that keeps fresh in memory the scenes of Calvary.
The Faith I Live By p. 300
—-please pray for Pauline she has ben sick for a week now. Dick
—-One of our teachers, Christopher, has been a missionary in Guyana with his daughters and wife for about five months. His mother, Del Jeanne, made this announcement this morning: “We received word that our Christopher (Cam) in Guyana fell off a mountain and died before a rescue team could reach him. Please pray for us, for his daughters who lost their mother less than six years ago, and for his new wife (since last July). Bristol Adventist School
—-On the 22 July 2018, I got heart attack and admitted to Intensive Care Unit. Got discharged 9 days later. Now I am feeling the same signs and symptoms and am disturbed with my life. Please pray for me. Levi
—-Please pray for Ruth. She fell yesterday and broke her leg. Also Update on Frank. He is having an angiogram today. He might need a bypass. Thank you for your continued prayers.Diane
—-Please pray for my friend, Linda, who is in CCU. Rose
When I was in second and third grade, there was a boy in my class named Wade Timothy Huffstutter. He was constantly teased about his name, and I was just as constantly teased about being overweight. Our classmates would chant, “Wade, Wade, Wade in the mud.” but he never got mad at them. He just endured it. They would always sing “Fatty, fatty two by four” to me. That made me cry inside, but I tried not to let it show on the outside. If I had, they would have gotten too much pleasure. Wade and I became good friends. Every recess we played together and tried to ignore the other children’s taunts. Sometimes, when the teasing would get more than we could bear, we would each defend the other. This delighted our classmates, for then they knew that they were really bothering us.
One day at recess, Wade told me that he was moving away. My heart sank. I felt like my world was crashing in. Without Wade, I would be very lonely indeed. I would have no one play with or talk to. The teasing would not stop. I was sure of that.
Wade pulled two marbles out of his pocket and gave them to me. One was green and the other brown. He told me that they were his favorites because they were clear glass. He loved to hold them up to the light and look at them. He said that when I missed him, I could look at those marbles and know that he missed me too.
When I got home, I put those two beautiful marbles into a small white box. Even though my room was usually a mess, I kept that little box in a safe place. I would often take them out and look at them when I felt lonely or sad. Years went by, and I got rid of all of my toys, but I did not get rid of those marbles. Only when we lost everything when our house burned to the ground did those marbles get lost.
Just as Wade and I were miserable because we were teased and tormented by our classmates, so the evil one taunts and torments us continuously. Yet, his plottings are much worse than just teasing for he tries to destroy us. Peter warns us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 2 Peter 5:8 He is on our track every moment. He never lets up. Sometimes he uses circumstances to annoy us, sometimes he works through other people to tempt us to sin, often his whispered temptations strike an answering chord from within. James explains, “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14,15
Just as Wade and I would defend one another against our classmates, so our Dear Saviour defends us “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph 6:12 David’s blessing is for us today, “The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.” Ps 20:1 Praise God! The Captain of the Lord’s host (Josh 5:14)has not left us to battle the evil one alone. He is our comfort: He is our strength, a very present help in trouble. (Ps 46:1)He promises, “I will be with [thee] in trouble; I will deliver [thee], and honour [thee]. Ps 91:15 Paul reminds us, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor 10:13 Nahum declares, “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7
Moreover, our Best Friend has given us a wonderful gift to remember Him by. This gift will help us through all of our trials. It will help us is every situation, for it reveals God’s will for our life. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psa 119:9-11 From Genesis to Revelation, God’s Holy Word reveals His great love for us. Through a daily study of this gift, we become armed for the battle with the enemy of righteousness. “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” Eph 6:13-18
May we stick very closely to our Best Friend, Who, alone, can deliver us from the power of the evil one. May we always cherish His Holy Word, studying to show [ourself] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 May we look forward to the day when we will see our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, coming in the clouds to rescue us and take us to His Heavenly Home to dwell with Him forevermore is my prayer.
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