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Communion

Today’s message summary of January 7, 2018 from Pastor Gus Brown:

Communion is something that many churches do every first Sunday.  Some will do it every service.  There is no set time to do it according to Scripture, but whenever it is done, it is to be done in remembrance of Jesus Christ.

When we come to the table, are we doing it out of ritual or tradition?  Is it being done just for participation?  Is it being done out of habit or because people might think that I am in sin or to keep others from being suspicious of me?

1 Corinthians 10:18-21

Consider the people of Israel. Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?  What am I saying then? That food sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?  No, but I do say that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons! You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot share in the Lords table and the table of demons.

You have to decide what table you are to feast at.

There comes a point where you have to make a commitment and say to yourself, “I totally commit to the Lord Jesus Christ.”  “I belong to Him, and therefore I cannot do what the world wants me to do.”

You and I have to make that choice.

1 Corinthians 11:17

A man should not cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God. So too, woman is the glory of man.

People observe your actions.  If you are living in an unrighteous manner, and if you do not take Communion seriously, then it does the body of Christ damage.  There must be a people of one heart and one mind in Christ.  God sees your heart of faithfulness and obedience, and when He sees this effort, He will make provision for you.  God will always provide for His work.

The people who have the mind of Christ have no reason for division within the body.  God will take care of the details if everyone has the mind to put Him first.

God says there is nothing impossible for Him (Matthew 19:26).  Only by the grace of God are we yet standing.

1 Corinthians 11:18-22

For to begin with, I hear that when you come together as a church there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. Indeed, it is necessary that there be factions among you, so that those who are approved may be recognized among you. When you come together, then, it is not to eat the Lords Supper. For at the meal, each one eats his own supper. So one person is hungry while another gets drunk! Dont you have homes in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I do not praise you in this matter!

There has to be a distinction of those that are faithful and that are following Jesus Christ.  Let that be you.

Communion represents a sense of order within the church.  It is not a ritual, but it is also not to mock who Christ represents.  We are all saved because of the work that Jesus Christ has done for us.  God wants us to really understand, within the process, that I am sinful, but also see how holy He can make me.

All of this is done not because of deserving anything, but because of love for His people.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it, and said, This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, and said, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lords death until he comes.

 

Matthew 26:17-25

On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?

Go into the city to a certain man, he said, and tell him, The Teacher says: My time is near; I am celebrating the Passover at your place with my disciples.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. When evening came, he was reclining at the table with the Twelve. While they were eating, he said, Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.

Deeply distressed, each one began to say to him, Surely not I, Lord?

He replied, The one who dipped his hand with me in the bowlhe will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for him if he had not been born. 

 Judas, his betrayer, replied, Surely not I, Rabbi?

You have said it, he told him.

 

Note that we should never come to the table without settling matters of sin in our heart (coming as a betrayer), but rather come with the understanding as to how you are blessed and to remember God’s goodness.

As you travel through the Old Testament, there were many instances where people built altars as a way of remembering God’s goodness.  Communion is a reminder of what Jesus Christ did for us on Calvary, and for His sacrifice for us.  It is a reminder of His love for us.

Communion is also a reminder that I do not have to carry the burden of sin.  Confession of sin is necessary.  We are to examine ourselves to make sure that we are sincere in our faith.

2 Corinthians 13:5-9

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you?unless you fail the test. And I hope you will recognize that we ourselves do not fail the test. But we pray to God that you do nothing wrongnot that we may appear to pass the test, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear to fail. For we cant do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. We rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray that you become fully mature.

Everything that God has said has either come to pass or will come to pass.  God speaks truth; therefore, Communion is something to be taken very seriously.

1 Corinthians 11:26-32

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lords death until he comes.

So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sin against the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself; in this way let him eat the bread and drink from the cup. For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. This is why many are sick and ill among you, and many have fallen asleep. If we were properly judging ourselves, we would not be judged, but when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined, so that we may not be condemned with the world.

 

As you come to the table, please take the time between you and the Lord and reflect upon His goodness.  If you need to say, “Lord, forgive me,” then do it.  If you need to ask the Lord for cleansing, then do it.  God wants to meet you where you are in your time of prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Body of Christ – Part 2

Today’s message summary from Pastor Gus Brown:I believe that, in the midst of today’s troubles and conflicts, God is speaking to us.

Job 37:1-13 (HCSB)
1 My heart pounds at this
and leaps from my chest.
2 Just listen to His thunderous voice
and the rumbling that comes from His mouth.
3 He lets it loose beneath the entire sky;
His lightning to the ends of the earth.
4 Then there comes a roaring sound;
God thunders with His majestic voice.
He does not restrain the lightning
when His rumbling voice is heard.
5 God thunders marvelously with His voice;
He does great things that we cannot comprehend.
6 For He says to the snow, “Fall to the earth,”
and the torrential rains, His mighty torrential rains,
7 serve as His sign to all mankind,
so that all men may know His work.
8 The wild animals enter their lairs
and stay in their dens.
9 The windstorm comes from its chamber,
and the cold from the driving north winds.
10 Ice is formed by the breath of God,
and watery expanses are frozen.
11 He saturates clouds with moisture;
He scatters His lightning through them.
12 They swirl about,
turning round and round at His direction,
accomplishing everything He commands them
over the surface of the inhabited world.
13 He causes this to happen for punishment,
for His land, or for His faithful love.

God has a way of telling us, as a nation, “Listen to me.” I pray that we are listening to Him, and that we acknowledge His presence. There is nothing that takes place that He is not aware of.

What should draw us near to Him is His love for us. He wants to have a relationship us, and He wants us to live in such a way that we remain steadfast in Him and to live according to our purpose for His glory and His praise.

The Body of Christ

This month, we will focus on the body of Jesus Christ. It has its purpose in acknowledging that Jesus really did exist as a man. It is proof that He lived as a child that grew into manhood. While some of us may deny His deity, there is no denial of His existence in bodily form.

His body was not different from the body that we had. He experienced hunger and thirst as we did. The difference between Him and us is that He was without sin.

Jesus often spoke in such a way where He showed each of us that we are dependent on something. The body needs food and water, and sustenance in order to live. In comparison, Jesus Christ showed us that our life in Christ required a dependance upon Him. Jesus declares that, without Him, a Christian cannot live the Christian life. He is to be involved in our lives on a daily basis. The food and drink that we take in sustains our bodies. As we take on Jesus Christ, He sustains us.

Matthew 5:6
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled.

John 4:13-14
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.”

Matthew 26:26-29
The First Lord’s Supper

26 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is My body.” 27 Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I tell you, from this moment I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in My Father’s kingdom with you.”

Luke 22:14-20
The First Lord’s Supper

14 When the hour came, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him. 15 Then He said to them, “I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”

20 In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood; it is shed for you.

When Jesus broke the bread with His disciples (as He did in Matthew and Luke), He demonstrated that the breaking of bread was a way in which we can have fellowship with Him.

Scripture points out that those who have eternal life with the abundance of the presence of Jesus Christ. Those who do not follow Christ will experience the loss of fellowship with Jesus Christ, and be subjected to the punishment of failing to acknowledge Him.

John 6:53-58
53 So Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves. 54 Anyone who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day, 55 because My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink. 56 The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood lives in Me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the manna your fathers ate—and they died. The one who eats this bread will live forever.”

The bread that Jesus speaks of as a provision by God for His people. God is the one who gives us what we need to live. Don’t miss that our Heavenly Father desires to provide everything that we have need of. In the midst of our rebellion, we often miss God’s provision, and even His protection.

Exodus 12:1-11
12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2 “This month is to be the beginning of months for you; it is the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they must each select an animal of the flock according to their fathers’ households, one animal per household. 4 If the household is too small for a whole animal, that person and the neighbor nearest his house are to select one based on the combined number of people; you should apportion the animal according to what each person will eat. 5 You must have an unblemished animal, a year-old male; you may take it from either the sheep or the goats. 6 You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembly of the community of Israel will slaughter the animals at twilight. 7 They must take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses where they eat them. 8 They are to eat the meat that night; they should eat it, roasted over the fire along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or cooked in boiling[b] water, but only roasted over fire—its head as well as its legs and inner organs. 10 Do not let any of it remain until morning; you must burn up any part of it that does remain before morning. 11 Here is how you must eat it: you must be dressed for travel, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it in a hurry; it is the Lord’s Passover.

Note that this sacrifice was to be eaten in its entirety. Jesus Christ became, through His unblemished body, the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and transgressions. We are to embrace HIm in His entirety as our Lamb of God.

1 Corinthians 6:13
“Food for the stomach and the stomach for food,” but God will do away with both of them. The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

John 6:32-35
32 Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Moses didn’t give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the real bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 Then they said, “Sir, give us this bread always!”

35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.

John 6:48-51
48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

The flesh that Jesus speaks of is His body, which He gave up for us in order for us to be able to receive eternal life. The Lord’s body was given up for us for the purpose that our bodies to grow and be sustained for His will and purpose. Our bodies are intended to be for The Lord and nothing else. Note what Jesus accomplished for us with His sacrifice on the cross…

2 Corinthians 5:21
He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Man cannot do anything with His own sin. There has to be an atonement for our sin that we cannot achieve on our own. Christ had to be the intercessor for our sin with His body, where He took our sin upon Himself because of His love for us.

Matthew 27:45-46
The Death of Jesus

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

When we take communion, we are to be mindful that all of our sins…past, present and future, are accounted for by the bodily sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

When you look at the goodness and mercy of God, He readily invites you to seek Him and look to Him–first, for eternal life, and then for the abundant life of the believer. He is worthy to be praised for His sacrifice for us.

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!


Recognizing Sin in Light of the Truth

Today’s message summary from Pastor Gus Brown:

You are God’s original masterpiece. God knew what He was doing when He created you. The question is whether or not you recognize this, and if you will respond to His love for you.

Every time we see God for who He is, including when we take communion, we recognize that we have sin in our lives and we have a need to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ. If you take sin lightly, you are most likely taking Jesus lightly. If you take sin seriously, you understand that Jesus Christ is the only One who has paid the penalty for your sin.

When you understand what sin has done for your life, you know that Jesus Christ is the reason that we are to examine ourselves in light of Scripture and where we are in our lives. We have to see where sin is in the light of the truth. Once we understand the Word of God and its truth, we will not need a second opinion.

Sin is the contrary action to the will of God. It is evil, and it is a curse, and it removes each of us from a moral responsibility that we have to God. We are a people of free will, and we have been taught the difference between what is good and what is evil. The most hideous sin is when you know what it is to do the right thing and yet you choose not to. It is your conscience and the evidence of Scripture bears witness to sin through the light of truth. The less that we understand the will and the person of God, the more that we are likely to commit sin.

James 4:17
So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.

Exodus 8:15
But when Pharaoh saw there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

Many of us will refer back to Exodus 7:3 and claim that God hardened Pharoah’s heart, but God’s nature and character does not turn people against Him–it is more about God allowing people to go their way because they have decided to do that very thing.

James 1:13-15
13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. 14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. 15 Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.

God will make witness of Himself that those who oppose God would see and hear who He is.

The practice of Communion causes an examination of yourself to take place, Either you are receiving or rejecting Him in light of the truth.

Matthew 26:21
While they were eating, He said, “I assure you: One of you will betray Me.”

Every time that we commit sin, we betray the work that Jesus did in setting us free from the captivity of sin. In many ways like Israel, instead of being free from captivity, we sometimes choose to go back into captivity because of the nature of sin.

We often don’t want to acknowledge the damaging effects of sin on others. We choose not to see our hearts, yet our thoughts can cause us sadness when we acknowledge who we are.

Matthew 26:22
Deeply distressed, each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?”

This is an area where each of the disciples was examining themselves in the light of truth before Jesus Christ.

Sin would take place in the very presence of truth…and even within His presence. Today, we sin because we have no fear of God or reverence of Him.

Matthew 26:23
He replied, “The one who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl—he will betray Me.

Luke 22:21
But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me!

The disciples wanted to know who Jesus was referring to. The questions were asked to ease the consciences of those present.

John 13:18
I’m not speaking about all of you; I know those I have chosen. But the Scripture must be fulfilled: The one who eats My bread has raised his heel against Me.

Psalm 41:9
Even my friend in whom I trusted,
one who ate my bread,
has raised his heel against me.

John 13:22-24
22 The disciples started looking at one another—uncertain which one He was speaking about. 23 One of His disciples, the one Jesus loved, was reclining close beside Jesus. 24 Simon Peter motioned to him to find out who it was He was talking about.

John 13:26-27
26 Jesus replied, “He’s the one I give the piece of bread to after I have dipped it.” When He had dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son. 27 After Judas ate the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Therefore Jesus told him, “What you’re doing, do quickly.”

Why then did Satan enter Judas? Judas had already set the plans with the Pharisees to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Remember in James 1:13-15 that sin comes from our own evil desires. Judas had acted on his sin. Sin was already in Pharoah’s heart, in Herod’s heart, and in Judas’ heart. Satan wants to hold us captive with sin. The only way that we can refuse to act upon sin is with the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives with the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 13:28-30
28 None of those reclining at the table knew why He told him this. 29 Since Judas kept the money-bag, some thought that Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 After receiving the piece of bread, he went out immediately. And it was night.

Sin gives the person who commits it the desire to be respected. It causes one to blur the lines of what is right and what is wrong, and it only causes confusion.

Matthew 26:25
Then Judas, His betrayer, replied, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”

“You have said it,” He told him.

Luke 22:23
So they began to argue among themselves which of them it could be who was going to do this thing.

Communion is the place where sin is not invited to participate. Sin must be revealed to the heart of the believer to acknowledge it and to purge oneself from it.

The one who sins desires to be on the same level as everyone else. The one who is truly repentant of sin knows the truth that there is a difference between right and wrong, and acknowledges it before God. Consider the Gentile woman, who understood this very difference herself even though society did not recognize her (as a Gentile) as significant:

Matthew 15:21-28
21 When Jesus left there, He withdrew to the area of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came and kept crying out, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly tormented by a demon.”

23 Yet He did not say a word to her. So His disciples approached Him and urged Him, “Send her away because she cries out after us.”

24 He replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

25 But she came, knelt before Him, and said, “Lord, help me!”

26 He answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to their dogs.”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table!”

28 Then Jesus replied to her, “Woman, your faith is great. Let it be done for you as you want.” And from that moment her daughter was cured.

Matthew 9:10-13
10 While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came as guests to eat with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 But when He heard this, He said, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. 13 Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer who is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or verbally abusive, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.

The sinner is not on the same level as one who is obedient to Jesus Christ. There is a difference, and God calls each of us to a higher standard. Sin separates each of us from a relationship with God, and we are not to ignore this point or acquiesce with those who choose to sin. There has to be a difference between that which is holy and that which is impure. Until those who commit sin see that they are different and that there is a need for Jesus Christ, there will never be a change.

Sin will eventually reveal itself in the midst of truth. It is up to the person to acknowledge the truth. To reject it brings about severe consequences.

Hebrews 10:26-29
26 For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. 28 If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Matthew 27:3-5
3 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. 4 “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” he said.

“What’s that to us?” they said. “See to it yourself!”

5 So he threw the silver into the sanctuary and departed. Then he went and hanged himself.

The communion table is the symbolism of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for each of us–to pay the penalty of our sins and remember His atonement for it. He wants us to come and acknowledge what He has done for you.


Remembering Jesus is Faith in Action

Are you living to worship the Lord? That’s what we should be doing. Today, we will be focusing on the Communion table, and on God’s Word in addressing it. It is hoped that, through this, we will focus on living in righteousness for Jesus Christ.

Christians must discipline ourselves and focus on the Word of God, its values, and living in such a way accordingly. The example of the Communion table is part of that. Our focus is to treat this time of reverence for Christ as a special time of recognition, and not one to be taken lightly.

Jesus tells us (when we take part in the Communion service to) “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24). Why is it important to remember Him, and what are we to remember?

  • The eternal Son incarnate, fully God and fully human
  • Jesus conceived and born of the virgin, Mary.
  • Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
  • Jesus rose bodily from the grave.
  • Jesus ascended into heaven.
  • Jesus will come again in glory to judge us all.

We are to remember that Jesus is God and was our propitiation for our sins.

Luke 18:8
I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?

Jesus asked if He would find anyone who will live in faith for Him?

To remember Jesus is a demonstration of faith in action.

Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code, noted that Jesus was established as the Son of God by The Coincil of Nicea, and until that moment, He was viewed as a mortal prophet–a great and powerful man. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus was created as the archangel Michael billions of years ago. They only regard Jesus as a spiritual body and without a physical body. In summary, people will try to tell you who Christ is if you are unwilling to seek out for yourself who He is. Jesus knew that we needed to actively seek Him and remember who He is because of all of the deception in the world. Many will try to convince you that there was no virgin birth or the resurrection.

The first thing that Christians need to understand regarding the Islamic belief about Jesus is that Muslims reject the idea that Jesus was or is the Son of God. According of Islam, Jesus is not, as the Bible articulates, God in the flesh. Second, in Islamic belief, Jesus never died on a cross for the sins of mankind, and that He never died on a cross at all. In fact, Muslims believe that Jesus will return and correct the misrepresentations and misinterpretations of Him and who He is.

All of this information is out there to bring about confusion, and Jesus wants us to focus on remembering who He really is.

1 Corinthians 2:5
So that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.”

Romans 1:4
(Jesus Christ) “was established as the powerful Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness.

2 Timothy 2:8
Keep in mind Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, according to my gospel.

Matthew 24:4-5
Then Jesus replied to them: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Messiah, and they will deceive many‘”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Remembering Jesus is loving Him through obedience to His Word. This is how we are to love Him. True love does have boundaries, namely following God’s Word, but we willingly do these things because they are good for us. It is in this obedience that we are effective in remembering who He is and how much He loves us. We remember Him because of His character and His steadfastness. He never changes, and His Word has never changed.

1 Corinthians 11:26
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Psalm 119:11
I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.

What do you remember about Jesus, and what are you doing to remember Him until He returns to us?