What God is Saying:

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Devotion: Come to the Table (Day 38)



When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me."
They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, "Surely not I?"
"It is one of the Twelve," he replied, "one who dips bread into the bowl with me.
The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body."
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.
"This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," he said to them.
"I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God."
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.  Mark 14:17-26

Questions:
- What Jewish holiday were Jesus and His disciples celebrating?
- What did Jesus predict about one of His followers? How do you think that made Jesus feel?
- What represented Jesus body that would be crucified for our sins?
- What represented Jesus blood that would be spilled for our sins?
- What is this sharing of the bread and wine called in the Christian faith? Talk about the importance of communion. (If your children are believers, you may want to have communion with them at this time, to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us).

Thoughts
"The wine and the matzot, or unleavened bread, were a very important part of the Passover celebration. Passover was the celebration of God's deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. When Jesus identified Himself with the bread and the wine, He was telling His disciples, and us, that it would be by His death that we would be delivered from sin." Ann Hibbard from Family Celebrations at Easter.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank you for the sacrifice you made on the cross for my sins. Whenever I take communion, may I be reminded of how much You love me and may I commit my life to You. I love You Jesus.

Song: Come to the Table by Michael Card

Come to the table
And savor the sight,
The wine and the bread that was broken.
And all have been welcome to come
If they might
Accept as their own these two tokens.
The bread is his body,
The wine is the blood
And the one who provides them is true.
He freely offers
We freely receive.
To accept and believe him is all we must do.

Come to the table
And taste of the glory
And savor the sorrow
He's dying tomorrow.
The hand that is breaking the bread
Soon will be broken.
And here at the table
Sit those who have loved him,
One is a traitor and one will deny,
Though he's lived his life for them all
And for all be crucified.

Come to the table he's prepared for you
The bread of forgiveness the wine of release.
Come to the table and sit down beside him.
The Saviour wants you to join in the feast.

Come to the table and see in his eyes
The love that the Father has spoken.
And know you are welcome
Whatever your crime,
Though every commandment you've broken.
For he's come to love you
And not to condemn.
And he offers a pardon of peace.
If you'll come to the table
You'll feel in your heart
The greatest forgiveness,
The greatest release

Come to the table
And taste of the glory
And savor the sorrow
He's dying tomorrow.
The hand that is breaking the bread
Soon will be broken.
And here at the table
Sit those who have loved him,
One is a traitor and one will deny,
Though he's lived his life for them all
And for all be crucified.

Come to the table he's prepared for you
The bread of forgiveness the wine of release.
Come to the table and sit down beside him.
The Saviour wants you to join in the feast.



Here is a website with the song and a great slide show: Come to the Table

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