Matthew 27, 1 Corinthians 10:16 – A cup for our salvation, for the saving of our souls. Scripture speaks of a number of other cups that we are far more deserving of.
Think about the great things that Jesus has done for us. Great mercy. Great forgiveness.
We can begin to take for granted the forgiveness and deliverance that we have available and have experienced through Jesus Christ.
Part of communion is response, our response to what Christ has offered to us.
We cannot fix ourselves to be suitable to come into the presence of God. We have nothing of ourselves, there is no excuse or anything of equal value that we can barter with God for. Yet Jesus calls us to “come.”
Just as I am, without one plea, oh, Lamb of God, I come…
The surrender terms that Jesus offers us are incredibly kind and compassionate. Jesus calls us to take his yoke, surrender, learn and find rest. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. This kind of surrender isn’t “loosing” it is gaining!
Acts records Paul sharing his testimony many times. This was an incredible thing to Paul, that God was merciful to him, chief of sinners though he may have been.
We don’t just come the way we are and stay the way we are. God wants us to grow and to change.
Ephesians 4:1 – Let us walk worthy of the vocation that you we are called to. By God’s grace we can make every thought subject to Christ and His Lordship.
When we sin, we need to also repent and offer ourselves anew to Christ. God can tell which of us really love him, He sees our decisions and our motives and how we follow and obey him.
When we worship and love the Lord more than anything else, the second commandment follows more naturally. We will find it much more easy to love our brothers and our sisters.
This morning we come as we are. We commit ourselves first to Him in surrender. We commit ourselves to follow and obey him. We worship him.