Thursday, April 1, 2010
Face to face.
Matthew 26:26-29, "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat, this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgivness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom." Today we honor the last supper of Christ. Also known as the "eucharist", is the last gathering that Jesus had with his disciples. I've been studying this week the days after Palm Sunday and trying to lead up to the resurrection on Easter Sunday. I must admit, I didn't know nearly what I thought I did. But, I'm learning more and more each day and God is being very patient with me. I must say that it has been one of the most emotional weeks of my life. Not in a bad way, but a cleansing way. Each morning I wake up, very early, and seek God's face. You see, there is a difference in praying and getting "face to face" with God, speaking no words at all. So, I have been doing this each morning, trying to get a better understanding of what Christ's last few days before he died were like. There is something powerful that happens when you enter God's presence...just you and Him. There is an intimacy that occurs that is indescribable. I have spent each morning crying and it's just because I am consumed with Him. I feel Him in my spirit, my mind, my heart, my thoughts...I even feel Him in my bones. It is almost overwhelming and breathtaking, but at the same time I can feel each beat that my heart takes. It is like nothing I have ever experienced. So, I was riding in my car today listening to music (of course) and it hit me, I am experiencing ALL of God. I have finally, at the age of thirty seven, given All of me to Him. In my searching for today's blog, I looked up the meaning of "eucharist". Eucharist is used to describe the covenant supper that Christ had with His disciples, it is the "communion with God". Then I went further and looked up the definition of "communion". Communion is "intimate fellowship". Jesus gave us the pathway to be intimate with God. His blood covenant is how we get to see God's face and be intimate with Him. The wine represents the blood Christ shed. The bread represents the whole body of Christ that was given to death. This was done in order for us to have our sins forgiven and be able to enjoy true intimacy with God. Without Jesus...there can be no intimacy with God. If you are married and have children then you probably recognize them even if you only hear their voices. I know that when I am in a crowded room or on a baseball field, if my son or daughter's yell, "Momma", I would know it was them out of the many kids there. All I have to do is hear my husband's voice say, "Hey", and I know that familiar and comfortable voice. When I pick up my son in the afternoon from school it is a mad house, to say the least. But with the hundreds of kids that are in the crowd waiting, I can spot his face immediately. That's if he hasn't spotted me first. That's because I have spent many years being intimate with all of them. I take in all that they have to give me. We get face to face! We fellowship everyday and they will forever be a part of me. That is what God wants for us and Him. But, the only way to get that intimacy, is if we take His Son. We must consume and take in all that He has to offer to us. By taking Jesus into our lives and accepting the blood covenant with Him, we begin our "intimate relationship" with God. But, like in every relationship, you must take time to know Him. I want God to be able to spot me out of a crowd because he has been "face to face" with me and knows everything about me. I want Him to recognize my voice when I speak to Him. Don't you want to be "face to face" with God? He longs to embrace yours....Jesus can take you there! John 14: 5-7, Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. no one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."