Focused on God’s Presence – Matthew 26:17-35

In Matthew 26:17-35, Jesus directs the disciples to a man who has agreed to let them celebrate the Passover at his house. During the meal, Jesus associates himself with the actions of the meal by breaking the bread and saying “Take and eat; this is my body (v. 26).” 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 forgiveness of sins” (v. 28).

Some predictions of this passage are hopeful, others are sad. Even though Jesus has predicted His Crucifixion, He assures of a happy meeting again by saying, “until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom (v. 29).” This helps us understand the joys and glories of the future as we are united in heaven. Holy Communion reminds us of what Jesus did for us and focuses our attention to giving it our all in life as a dedication of thanks.

This passage also has some sad predictions when Jesus says, “I tell you the truth; one of you will betray me.” Also He says to Peter, “This very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times (v. 34).” My pastor Steve Ramsdell once made a point in a sermon message that God knows our history, our suffering, and our character. In our prayer time, we should set aside some time to just listen so God can give us the guidance needed. The inspirational Sermon messages can be watched at this Link.

Communion focuses our attention on the Gospel message which consistently links the old with new and unifies Christians; providing the perfect source for inspiration now and forever. Take a look at this video by clicking on this link: Imagine – MercyMe or on the video below.

I’m thankful for this video. It helps us to imagine when that day comes; when we are in the presence of the Father reunited with our loved ones that have gone before us. This day with God, I’m praying to stay focused on God’s presence, especially when he feels distant.

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