Friday, December 16, 2016

Day 16 - The Ministry of Jesus


Jesus stands before an endless corridor with the cup and the bread, that are signs of His sacrifice for us. Can you find the cross in this painting?



For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.  This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” — 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (NKJV)

      When Jesus was 33 years old He had been in ministry only three years, but it was time for Him to finish the work God sent Him to do.  He had never sinned, but He was about to die for every sin of every man, woman and child so we could once again be in God’s presence.  He tried to help His disciples be ready for what was going to happen next.  He’d been telling them about it during His ministry, and He talked about it during The Last Supper with them before He was crucified.  He told them His blood would be shed and His body would be broken.  He broke bread and drank “the fruit of the vine” with them, and told them to remember what He did for them after He was gone.  He wants us also to remember His broken body and shed blood for us until He comes back, so He asks us to keep the Lord’s Supper when we worship together as the Church.  We should never forget the price Jesus paid so we can have the freedom to praise and serve Him.


Today's Prayer

     Lord, each time we have the Lord’s Supper, I promise to take time to think about what I need to admit to You as sin and change.  Thank You that You are always faithful to forgive me and make me clean.  Please help me always remember that You gave Your life so my sins could be forgiven.

Today's Activity:

     Have the children draw a picture of the last communion they attended at church and how it was done. Talk with them about what communion means to each of them.  Perhaps schedule a time to talk to your pastor about why we observe communion.

Seek & Find Answer to the question in the painting above:
The shadow of the cross in front of Jesus is a shadow of what is about to happen and a reminder of what He has done for us.

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