Friday, August 24, 2012

Worthy is the Lamb

Communion by Colleen Podmore

Worthy is the Lamb –Why is the Lamb worthy?

He is worthy because He secured our freedom. He is worthy to be praised and honoured because He has been victorious in defeating our enemies –sin and death at the cross! Amen!

God is Righteous – that is He always does what He says He will do. He always keeps the law and when He said, ‘The soul that sins will die’ – both physically and spiritually – He couldn’t change His mind.

Instead he paid the price for our salvation – it’s like a judge pronounces the verdict –guilty and then comes down from His judgement seat and pays His own righteous penalty and so the person who was guilty, through faith is redeemed.

Jesus is worthy of all praise glory and honour because He was obedient to the Father’s will and secured my pardon, our pardon and God granted us His Righteousness when we believe and trust in Jesus as our substitute, as my substitute, I can go free, we can go free because our sins are paid for – the law has been upheld! Hallelujah!

Bread and Grapejuice – the Lord has asked us to remember Him –to remember His death and resurrection until He comes back to earth again, through these simple emblems of bread and grape juice. Some people use wine which may or may not contain alcohol. We just use grape juice, unfermented wine.

If you are not sure whether to take and eat the bread and drink the wine – then it is better not to - don’t feel compelled but ask someone about it afterwards.

Let’s pray

Father God, thankyou for Your great plan of redemption, to bring us back to You. We were lost without any way of keeping the law, of being righteous as You are Righteous.

Lord Jesus as we take this bread and break it and eat it together, we ask that You bless it as we remember Your body given as a sacrifice of atonement for our sins. As we take the wine we remember that life is in the blood and Your life was poured out 2000 yrs ago in my place, in our place to satisfy the righteous requirements of the law. We ask that You bless it now.

Spirit of God we welcome You in this place, in our lives, convict us of sin and righteousness and the judgement to come so that we will be counted worthy as He is worthy. Amen!

Romans 3:22-25: ‘This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood’

In your own time, eat and drink, giving thanks.

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