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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
Christians differ in their interpretation of the meaning of the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper. There are three main views: (1) The bread and wine actually become Christ’s body and blood; (2) the bread and wine remain unchanged, yet [Christ] He is spiritually present by faith in and through them; (3) the bread and wine, which remain unchanged, are lasting memorials of Christ’s sacrifice. No matter which view they favor; all Christians agree that the Lord’s Supper commemorates Christ’s death on the cross for our sins and points to the coming of his Kingdom in glory. When we partake of it, we show our deep gratitude for Christ’s work on our behalf, and our faith is strengthened. (NLT)
Luke 22:14-20 – Then at the proper time Jesus and the twelve apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have looked forward to this hour with deep longing, anxious to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat it again until it comes to fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.”
Then he took a cup of wine, and when he had given thanks for it, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”
Then he took a loaf of bread; and when he had thanked God for it, he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you—an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you. . . .”
Quoted verse: As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” –Acts 8:36 (NIV)
“Story” – Belinda Jo “B.J.” Mathias (Mississippi, USA) titled her story “SACRED MOMENTS;” here is a portion of B.J.’s story:
“Every now and again as I head down the country road toward home after church, a sight I love to see comes into view. Lined on both sides of the road, just before the bridge over the creek, is a multitude of cars and trucks. I know instantly that there will be a gathering of folks on the creek bank to celebrate the baptism of a sister or brother in Christ. . . . It’s the perfect benediction at the end of Sunday morning worship.
“I can think of nothing more joyous this side of heaven than celebrating a new brother or sister in Christ. Baptism is a gift from God – a means by which we receive God’s grace and remember who we are and to Whom we belong. We are the Father’s beloved children, created by love and for love – as shown by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Baptism is a sign of God’s love and saving grace.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for giving us moments in our faith journey to respond to your love. May we never take them lightly but cherish them forever. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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