Jesus started the tradition of eating bread and drinking wine as an act of remembering Him. This is what Christians call Communion or the Lord’s Supper.
Have you ever thought about Communion as a covenant agreement? A covenant is an agreement two or more people enter; like a contract. Upholding the agreement produces blessings, breaking the contract produces negative consequences. Remembering Jesus’ sacrifice of his body and blood is a way for Christians to remember the blessings the agreement between Jesus and them offer. By implication, it also reminds us of the negative consequences that happen when you live life without the grace and power of Jesus.
Communion reminds you of all the benefits Jesus gives. Not only the eternal benefits but the many benefits he offers for your life on earth. Listen as Pastor Casey explains some of the benefits you receive once you become a Christian.
Scripture references: Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:22-32
The apostles performed miraculous signs and wonders during the early years of the Christian Church. Healing even happened as Peter’s shadow passed over the sick. Although people were afraid to join them and weren’t sure about the seemingly new teaching they brought, the people were amazed by the works they could do; works only God could do. Healing power was given to the apostles to establish their authority as messengers of God but also to show God’s loving passion for the people he created. Even though the crowds were drawn by the miraculous power of the apostles, they stayed because of the love of God shown to them by the apostles.
That same power is available to every disciple of Jesus today. As a friend of Jesus, walk in the power of God through the salvation of Jesus Christ. As faith rises, obedience follows and blessings flow.
The books of Acts tells of amazing miracles that occurred by simple pronouncement or a gentle touch. Regular people who loved and worshiped God were used by God to bring astounding healing to the sick, the oppressed and even the dead. The first Christians lived by a simple expectation; Jesus saves, Jesus heals, and Jesus empowers. Over the last one hundred years in the American church there has raged a debate as to whether miracles happen today. From the extreme on one end saying miracles ceased when the last book of the Bible was written to the other end that says a miracle happens every time we just say it and claim it. Preachers boldly preach that all claims of modern miracles are fake and other preachers boldly pretend to fake it. What is lost in this debate is a love for one another and the truth that the name of Jesus heals in miraculous ways when our faith and His power meet. There is great power in the name of Jesus!
The power of God exists to make Himself known in ways that a person needs at the exact time they need to know it. The man at the gate called Beautiful in Acts 3 waited his whole life for the power of God to meet him in a personal way. Peter and John came in a humble manner seeking to give the love of God to anyone who needed it and wanted it. They said “Silver and gold I don’t have, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus, stand up and walk!” They gave healing and salvation by the power of God; the same power available to you today. Be a disciple of Jesus and let God show up in whatever way he chooses while you seek to do what he does and love how he loves. Bring salvation and the full loving power of God to everyone who needs it.