Monday, February 9, 2015

Remembering The Event

"And upon the first day of the week when the disciples came together to break bread..."  Acts 20:7.  Upon the first day of every week, the church comes together to worship our God.  This is a very special day.  Not only do we sing, pray, study, and give, but we also partake of the Lord's Supper.  This is a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world.  "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come."  I Corinthians 11:26.  Our minds are to reflect upon that event as we eat the bread and drink the cup.  We see the suffering Savior after He was tried and scourged.  Jesus does not possess the strength to carry His cross to the place of execution.  Once they arrive upon the hill of Calvary, Jesus is nailed to the cross.  I cannot imagine the unbearable pain.  A crown of thorns is placed upon His head.  His clothes have been stripped from His body.  There upon the cross of redemption hangs a bloody, mangled, body.  Within view of her dying Son stands His mother.  No doubt, she is brokenhearted beyond human belief.  The hours pass.  The crowd mingles.  Cries of mockery and derision are offered by this heartless mob.  And suddenly, God shows His displeasure.  Blackness falls upon the hill of death.  The earth begins to quake.  Jesus is finally dying.  After six hours of agony,  Jesus utters His final words.  The plan is fulfilled.  Calvary has become the mercy seat of propitiation.  The blood of Jesus has become the offering for human sin.  Man can now truly be reconciled unto God.  A place where the stench of death and suffering hung in the air has become the hope of all mankind.  Upon that hill on that fateful day, the gates of heaven were opened for those who choose to obey the Christ and throughout their lives, honor this event.  Every first day, we, the church, remember.

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