The Bread of His Presence

I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6: 48-51

 There are 2 sacraments that most Christian denominations agree upon and practice which I would like to share about with you the next 2 days. The first is that of the taking of Holy Communion, or The Bread of His Presence.

As Jesus declared above, He is the Bread of Life.  When we make the choice to surrender our lives to Him, His incarnate life becomes the very substance that nourishes our spirit.  His body was broken on Calvary for us. Through our participation in the sacrament of Holy Communion we not only do so as He says, in remembrance of Me, but each time we partake in this holy, sacred, act; we actually partake in eating the incarnate Bread of His Presence. At the very moment of inception, Jesus Christ incarnately fills our hungering spirits afresh with Himself, the Bread of Life  bringing us life and life abundantly.

The word sacrament actually means an outward sign of an inward grace.  Through the act of taking Holy Communion the actual elements used as symbols are transformed by the Holy Spirit into Jesus’ body and blood.  Once this has occurred and we eat and drink them, the power of His incarnate life is imparted to us anew, bringing with it healing, forgiveness, deliverance, strength, encouragement, and whatever our need might warrant at that present moment. Participation in this sacramental act is an honor and privilege.

 Jesus, Himself, instituted this sacrament the night of His last supper with His beloved disciples. When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:14-20

Personally experiencing the incarnation of Christ can be experienced through this sacrament, as well as that of water baptism. Next time I will be sharing more about how this powerful life changing sacrament works.  Until then, be blessed in the name of the incarnated Lord!

 -The Quilted Poetess

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