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Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.


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Eating the Lamb of God, In Heaven Part 3

Eating the Lamb of God Series

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.

 

And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.  Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”  Matthew 26:27-29

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.

 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.  And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” Luke 22:14-16

I love these scriptures because they give us a glimpse of Heaven, the Father’s Kingdom.  One tidbit  Jesus gives us here about Heaven  is that we will eat and drink.  I don’t know if that thrills you like it does me y’all…but sign me up for heavenly food!  The afterlife is not described as ghostly beings floating around in clouds playing harps.  If that is your idea of heaven, then do I have some good news for you!  Heaven is described as a new earth, inhabited by people in new bodies…bodies that can eat.  (Read Scriptures about the new earth here, and new bodies here)

But the best part of this passage is that we will drink the cup of His sacrifice with the Lord in His Kingdom.  All those times here on earth that we have “remembered” the Lamb while we drank His figurative blood will come to a glorious conclusion on the Day of the Lord.  Did you notice that in the Matthew passage, Jesus did not put His lips to the cup, He did not drink.  He is saving that moment for when He is with all of us.  It is described in Revelation as the wedding feast.   He is the groom.  We, the church, are the bride.

 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:

“Praise the Lord!
    For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
  Let us be glad and rejoice,
    and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
    and his bride has prepared herself.
  She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
    For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. Revelation 19:6-8

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all.So use your imagination with me for a minute y’all….you have gathered together with all the believers after the separation of the sheep and the goats.  The King now has invited you into His kingdom, by saying, “Well done good and faithful servant.”  You are ushered into an immense hall, with tables ladened with a wedding feast, beautifully lit by the glory of God.    You find a seat among the joyful throng and every eye is on the groom.  He stands before you, before us all, and lifts His cup…ready to finally drink a toast to His bride.  And in all His majesty,  He looks You in the face, the Holy Spirit stirring in your body, and repeats what He said to His disciples so many years ago, “This is my blood, which confirmed the covenant between God and his people. It was poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.”  Did you feel the vibration  of His majestic voice when He spoke those words?    And now He invites you to drink.  Do you taste the wine slide down your throat as you join your groom in the beginning of life together in His Kingdom?   I hope your imagination is working overtime because anything you can possibly imagine is nothing compared to the real thing.  Excited shivers for everyone!  Let the wedding banquet begin.

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You might be interested in Part 1 and Part 2 of the Eating the Lamb of God series.  Click below.

Jesus represents the Passover Lamb in this series on the Lord's Supper. Communion is more than just a nibble of bread and a sip of wine. Go symbolically deep with me y’all and see how I approached a curious Muslim visitor about communion.It's not weird to think outside of the box...no really! Making communion part of your family experience can become a beautiful tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He is perfectly capable of using a sluggish, overweight body as His temple. But wouldn't it be an honor to offer yourself to Him as a living sacrifice, body and soul?


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Move it or Lose it!

Since I retired in August, I have been walking in the comfort of my local mall.  Before 10:00, it’s just me and the other walkers, smiling and nodding to each other, comrades, bonded together in our need to move it or lose it.  Most of the other walkers are older than me, but we come in all shapes, sizes and abilities.  I snuck up behind  two sweet older people and took their pictures the other day and was hoping you would be as inspired as I was at their determination to stay healthy.  Look, if they can creep along using a walker y’all…well, you know…

He is perfectly capable of using a sluggish, overweight body as His temple. But wouldn't it be an honor to offer yourself to Him as a living sacrifice, body and soul?Motivation is EVERYTHING!  Feeling better, more alert for the job, more energy for raising kids, but the main one…keeping the temple of the Holy Spirit, your body, fit for service.  I really hope to change your mindset about your body…to help you cast your eyes on the One who made you, who lives inside of you.  He is God.  He doesn’t need you to be healthy in order to work through you.  He is perfectly capable of using a sluggish, overweight body as His temple.  But wouldn’t it be an honor to offer yourself to Him as a living sacrifice, body and soul?  That’s real motivation.

He is perfectly capable of using a sluggish, overweight body as His temple. But wouldn't it be an honor to offer yourself to Him as a living sacrifice, body and soul?

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CAUTION. I AM HUNGRY.

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You know that time of day when your stomach speaks to you.? Powerfully demanding? Refocusing all attention on self? It is out of that moment of raw, animalistic hunger that this post comes knocking. If caught off guard, I believe the enemy can manipulate me in this moment of weakness…this hunger…if I let him.

The Eating for Him Series

You know that time of day when your stomach speaks to you.?  Powerfully demanding?  Refocusing all attention on self? It is out of that moment of raw, animalistic hunger that this post comes knocking. If caught off guard, I believe the enemy can manipulate me in this moment of weakness…this hunger…if I let him.

Remember Esau? Scripture says Esau came in from working one day famished. In a drama queen kind of way Esau declared that he would die if he didn’t get the stew that his younger brother Jacob was deliciously simmering on the fire. Jacob took advantage of Esau’s terrible need and sold the bowl of stew for his inheritance as the oldest. The Message says, “That’s how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn”  Read the whole story here.

Staying clear headed around meal time has gotten me thinking about the temptation of Jesus.  Is the enemy’s timing a matter of coincidence?  “After fasting forty days and forty nights HE (Jesus) WAS HUNGRY.” (Matthew 4:2)

You know that time of day when your stomach speaks to you.? Powerfully demanding? Refocusing all attention on self? It is out of that moment of raw, animalistic hunger that this post comes knocking. If caught off guard, I believe the enemy can manipulate me in this moment of weakness…this hunger…if I let him.

Go deep with me y’all…what if I turn my hunger into a spiritual experience? What if I use that growling stomach as a reminder to pray? A time for thankfulness? A time to say to the Lord, “My god is not my stomach” (Phil.3:19) A time to mimic our Savior and say to the enemy, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)  That hunger zone between meals could be a mini-fast dedicated to Him. “But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice you are fasting, except your Father who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:17) 

You know that time of day when your stomach speaks to you.? Powerfully demanding? Refocusing all attention on self? It is out of that moment of raw, animalistic hunger that this post comes knocking. If caught off guard, I believe the enemy can manipulate me in this moment of weakness…this hunger…if I let him.

All I am saying is that maybe we need to look at hunger in a different way. Instead of frantically trying to appease the beast by quickly calling Little Caesars.  Maybe we should take a moment to focus on God, and then carefully plan what healthy food we will put into our body… in order to honor Him.

 

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Consuming food takes on a whole new meaning when your main focus is not pleasure or hunger.


Eating as Worship

Consuming food takes on a whole new meaning when your main focus is not pleasure or hunger.

Welcome to the first post of Sanctified Tourist.  I want to start Day 1 of my blog with a post on the scriptural aspect of food.

Culture has clear ideas about the purpose of a healthy body. Culture suggests that health is for YOU…for longer life, for self esteem, for energy, for those old jeans in your closet.  But to a Jesus follower, health should  not be just for you, but for what you can do with it. Health is to help you live longer to serve Him, to give you energy for Him, to help you raise your kids for Him. Each bite you take is spiritual worship to the Holy Spirit. Each decision to avoid processed food is a knee bent to the Father. Each lesson taught to your children about healthy food choices is a song of praise to our Lord. Each meal made from scratch with tired hands from a long day at work is a holy prayer rising up. Consider this scripture.

Consuming food takes on a whole new meaning when your main focus is not pleasure or hunger.

Consuming food takes on a whole new meaning when your main focus is not pleasure or hunger. It becomes a glorious offering.

 

Blessing and come back again, Alice

Picture:  Taken of my husband and me on a walk in Texas.  We always hold hands when we walk.

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