Day 272 – Poured Out For Me
On: July 30, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:17-20
Anyone who has darkened the doors of a church over the last two thousand years will be familiar with this scene. It is re-enacted, verbatim, in the sacrament of Holy Communion, week by week across the globe.
There may be disagreement amongst the various traditions as to the exact status of the bread and the wine, but Jesus ‘s message is, surely, quite clear: the sharing of the poured wine and the broken bread are a reminder of His body broken and blood poured out for me on the cross on which He would hang, in payment for the sins of mankind, just a matter of hours later.
This was the centre point of history, where the Creator God allowed His own dear Son, sent to a Earth, to accept the penalty for our sins.
There is no halfway house on what this means. If I am able to take the story as it stands, I must either join those who are aghast at the vindictiveness of an apparently abusive deity, and reject God as a sadist and Jesus as a loser. Or I will accept the limitation of my understanding as to why this was the only way a Holy God could change history by breaking the power of sin in a fallen world.
Accepting or rejecting it will be the decision of a moment. Understanding it, the work of a lifetime.
I opted, 30 years ago, to accept that God knew what He was doing. I have yet to come across a compelling reason why I should change that view. Consequently, I am eternally grateful to Jesus for what He did, remembered in the bread and wine; I worship Him as Saviour and follow Him as Lord of my life. There it is.
Lord Jesus, Thank you for saving me, what can I say?You are my everything, I will sing your praise.You shed your blood for me, what can I say? You took my sin and shame, a sinner called by name. Amen (lyrics: Martin Smith)