06 Dec Church–Christ Centered
The gathering of Christ followers, what we call the church, at its core it’s about the body and the blood of Jesus Christ, we are to gather because of Jesus, because of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Without the blood and body of Christ, we are nothing, we are doomed in our sins.
Center stage at any gathering of the Church should be the Lord’s table, communion, not some speaker be it the pastor or whoever. I seek to be part of a gathering where everyone coming in understands that it’s about blood and body of Jesus, communion, the Lord’s table, is all about Jesus, who He is and what He did.
This is what we have in common, the body and blood of Jesus Christ and we should always want this to always to be central to our gathering.
In Luke 22:19 Jesus said taking the bread and braking it, “Do this in remembrance of Me”, and we read in Act’s 2:42 “they devoted themselves……to the breaking of bread ……”. I want to remember the body and blood of Jesus every time I gather with followers of Jesus, this is at the core why we come together. They got it, they understood what coming together was all about, Jesus’ blood and body.
Just as the disciples did, we get to partake of that too, devote ourselves to it two thousand years later we get to be doing the exact same thing the disciples did with Jesus, like the first church that we read about in Act’s did. And when we do, were connected to the body that was built upon the prophets and the apostles, with Jesus being the cornerstone and we get to join into this, that’s what we’re here for, so that must take center stage.
The early church did not just take communion, we read in Acts 2:42 they were devoted to it, the actual Greek word is more realistic “they continuously devoted themselves”. That is, “They kept on devoting themselves” every time they gathered, every day even we read.
I want to be devoted, keep on devoting myself to it. I want to set myself apart for the purpose of communion. It was not just something tact onto a service once and a while.
Communion leads me to think how I am totally pure because of what Jesus did on the cross, He paid it all. My sin was dark, it was like blood re,d like crimson, and Jesus washed it white as snow. It’s just a joy to take that bread and remembering Jesus taking it and saying this is My body broken for you, this cup, my blood is poured out for you. I want to remember that day, and celebrate with the body every time we meet up.
Starting with the blood and body of Jesus where can I go from there but into worshiping God the Father who sent His Son to die on a cross for me. To worship from the deepest part of my heart, worship songs of praise from the burning love in my heart. I don’t need a band to lead me, tell me what to sing, it will flow out of my heart. I will sing a new song to the Lord in my own words of love from my heart.
If I really believed my salvation, what Jesus did for me, remember His body and blood, wouldn’t I worship in an amazing way, wouldn’t I just be screaming my lungs out? Yes, and I do.
I want to gather with people who’s attitude is this is where I want to be, I’m here because of Jesus, I want to be with the true followers of Jesus, I want to break bread, and remember what He did on that cross for me. I want to get together to worship Him and tell Him how great He is. Sing with the people of God, pray with the people of God. Hear from the word of God. That is what I can be devoted to as I read in Act’s 2:42, And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. That’s the church I can be part of.
I don’t want to be with people who are coming because of the speaker, the band, or the children’s program, we are to come together because God sent His Son. God said the church is supposed to be about Jesus and I want this to always to be at the center. The body and blood of Christ, I don’t want to cover up the cross.
So when we walk in it’s not because so and so is leading, or because of that guy, or that band, but I come because of the body and blood of Jesus. Jesus, Jesus, I just want to celebrate His body being broken for me, his blood being shed for me. And I want to be with others of the same mindset.
I don’t just want to give lip service to the cross and blood of Jesus, to communion. I do not want to casually acknowledge it, casually talk about it, or once and a while, or do it once a month. I want to think about it, passionately talk about it, and be devoted to it. I want to do it in remembrance of what Jesus did for me, every time I gather with the body, every day. Jesus, I just want to remember Him, I want to proclaim Him, the cross, His body, His blood, and gather with others who are doing the same thing. I want to celebrate Jesus’ blood and body with others that are burning to celebrate it also.
This is the first thing I am looking for in a church gathering, a body of believers to be with, this is not optional, communion is to be center stage, every gathering, not the pastor, a band or anything else. And I don’t mean once and a while, on special occasions, or once a month even, I mean, every time we gather.