Thursday, April 13, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - This Is My Body






Thursday April 13
Maundy Thursday

Bible Reading:     Matt. 26: 17 - 29

Topic:         This Is My Body

Jesus last meal with His Disciples occurs in the last week of His life, immediately preceding His arrest and crucifixion.

The substance of what the Passover foreshadowed has come.

The Passover was celebrated in commemoration of their ancestral exodus from Egypt.

In our passage today, Jesus takes the bread and wine and gave thanks according to Jewish practice and then He redefined their significance and made the Disciples to partake.

In the setting of the Church, the re-enactment of this ritual is what we know as the Lord's Supper - Holy Communion or the Eucharist. The breaking and distributing of the bread act out what Jesus is doing with His Body for the sake of others.

It is in this sense that the Eucharist service is regarded as the highest service of the Church.

Henceforth man can be fully restored to God by this once and for all times sacrifice.

The Holy Communion replaces the Passover feast as an established and internal bond by the Blood of Jesus.

As we partake in this mystery in our individual local Churches, let us be mindful of what this rite signifies, giving glory to God all the time.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, help me to live a life of thankfulness all the time, Amen

Memory verse:   Matt. 26 : 24

"The Son of Man goeth as it is written of Him; but woe unto that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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