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So, how does taking communion fit into a mountain-moving faith-filled lifestyle?

When we partake of Communion, we are doing so in remembrance an event started in Exodus 12 and then later confirmed by Jesus in Mark.  Taking communion can feel like an act of obedience or something that the Pastor leads us through at church.  The reality is that it is not mere symbolism.  It isn’t something you do because we are Christians.  It is a moment to stop and remember that the Lamb is greater, stronger, and bigger than anything happening around us.  It is the foundation of mountain-moving faith that says, “I Trust and have a confident expectation that no matter what is passing by I am covered, made holy, and perfect in His sight”.

Key Passage:  Mark 11:22-24, NKJV

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

The Blood

Read Exodus 12.  This is the institution of Passover and an explanation of what God was doing for His people.  The Israelites were instructed to take a perfect and spotless Lamb from their flock and sacrifice that lamb on behalf of the family.  Then they were told to gather some of the blood in a bowl and sprinkle or smear it on the “doorpost” of the home.

It wasn’t enough just to gather the blood in a bowl and leave it outside.  The blood was powerless sitting in a bowl, the blood had to be applied to be effective.  The blood’s full power and purpose were not accomplished until it was pulled out of its container and used!

Whoever had the blood smeared on their door, no matter who they were or what they had done, were sealed under the protection on the blood.  It was not about them but who was representing them at the door (Hebrews 11:27-28).  Moses also sprinkled the blood on the people (Exodus 24:7-8) to represent God’s covenant with them and Who was representing them at the door of their heart.

Q:  Take a moment to examine yourself.  Do you believe that God has a covenant with you and represents you at the door of your heart? Why or why not?

The Body

Read Luke 22:15-20 (NLT). Jesus started the tradition of communion at the Last Supper. He instructed His followers to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice He was going to make when He died for our sins on the cross. In this very moment, Jesus transitions from a table of the Law to a table of Grace so that through the blood we can commune with God at His table, without guilt and shame.

Look at a piece Matza Bread.  See the holes, the stripes, and the burnt pieces – these very things represent what Jesus went through as a sacrifice for us.  Jesus called Himself “the bread of life”.  Through Communion, we are remembering that He is no respecter of person.  It doesn’t matter who we are or what we have done. THE LAMB is greater, stronger, and bigger than anything happening around us.

Q:  What sins has the new Covenant with God covered?  You don’t have to answer here but just reflect on what it means for those things to be washed away, what new freedom do you have?

Faith in Action

This is how Faith in Action works… I Trust — I am Convicted — I Believe — I have a Confident Expectation that…

  • No matter what is passing by
  • No matter what sickness is passing by
  • No matter if Death itself is passing by

I am confident and sure that I am covered by the Blood of the Lamb.  I have been sprinkled by the blood of my confession on the outside and have partaken of His life on the inside.  We are covered inside and out by the Blood of Jesus.

Q:  Consider today’s topic of faith.  What key takeaway do you have that will impact your week and beyond?

 

 

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