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Thoughts and Reflections

Broken and Poured Out

Mark 14:22

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

IMG_0301Broken and poured out – that is how Jesus was on the Cross of Calvary – His body broken and His blood – shed.  His love – the full measure of His love – was shown to all on the cross. Tomorrow we will remember the cross – today we remember the Lord’s Supper – Holy Communion.

As Jesus was preparing to be broken and poured out for each of us – He was anointed by a woman at Bethany.  A woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. (Mark 14:3)  She made a sacrifice to anoint Jesus with such an expensive perfume.  She was willing to be broken for Jesus.  Are we willing to sacrifice to be broken with Jesus? Jesus was willing to be broken for us – are we willing to be broken for Him?

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I hope that you can find the time tonight to attend a worship service near you where Holy Communion will be celebrated.  Our even begins with a Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 pm and will be followed at 7 pm with a Special Communion service with a Choral Cantata.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Mark 14:22-26 – 22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” 26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus was preparing to be broken for us on the Cross of Calvary.  Are we ready to be broken and poured out – even in a small way – to sacrifice for Jesus? What is it that God requires of us in our day-to-day life’s journey?  How will we connect with Jesus as broken and poured out for Him?  Let us give our best to the Master!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 2, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , ,

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