Thursday, March 24, 2016

Maundy Thursday Devotion 3.24.16

The new normal.  That's a phrase that is used now (and maybe for some time) to describe what used to be and how it is now.  Leave earlier to get to the airport because the wait is longer now which is "the new normal."  Better get a tag for your car because toll roads are now "the new normal" for new roads meant to relieve traffic.

Holy Week is that time where the world is turned upside down.  Whatever we once believed is no longer the way to view things.  Christ has dedicated his entire ministry (and soon life) to redefining what was presumed to be conventional wisdom. 

Passover is celebrated on Thursday, but Christ, the final sacrificial lamb, offers himself which gives the Passover meal an entirely new meaning.  As Christ observes Passover with his disciples on Thursday, he takes bread and says, "Take, this is my body."  He then takes the saying, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many"  (Mark 14). Today, the celebration of communion provides Christ's body and blood present in the bread and wine give us forgiveness and renewal in the Holy Spirit.

Our broken lives made whole by Christ's sacrificial love for us.  Because of Christ, David's prayer is answered, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me" (Psalm 51).

Hope Men's Ministry

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