Jesus celebrates Passover

Our journey begins today.

Day 5 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross: Matthew 26:26-30

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.” Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. 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.” After singing psalms, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Tonight we learned about a new element of the Passover Jesus introduced to His disciples.

Tonight we learned about the new elements of the Passover Jesus introduced to His disciples.

Tonight we spread a blanket on the floor, cut a slab of homemade bread, poured a glass of juice and celebrated Communion.

My husband Matt took the bread and blessed it. He broke off pieces that he gave to each of us. We talked about what the bread symbolized, Jesus’s broken body, and how when we eat it, we must remember and thank God for His amazing sacrifice for us. Then we ate our pieces. Well, Lauren stuffed her large piece in her mouth and then tried to grab another. 🙂 We actually repeated this a few times because we each wanted a few more pieces as we talked about how much Jesus loved us and what he was willing to go through to save us.

Matt explains the significance of the juice.

Matt explains the significance of the juice.

Next, Matt picked up the cup and blessed it. We passed the cup around the circle and each took a sip, or in Jackson’s case several gulps (it was good juice). We discussed the blood Jesus shed on the cross as He died to take the punishment for our sins, and praised God for such a precious gift.

When Jesus and the disciples were finished celebrating Passover, the Bible says they sang and went out to the Mount of Olives. Jackson and Lauren thought we should sing “Jesus Loves Me,” so we walked around the living room and sang of the great love of our Savior.

As we held hands in a circle to close out our time together, this is what Jackson prayed:

Dear God,
Thank you for your body being broken and for your blood on the cross. Please help people to believe. Amen.

Thank you, Jesus!

Christmas Countdown Day 2: Angel duets and communion

It was difficult to have Lauren stand still enough to snap this photo for Day 2 of our Christmas Countdown!

It was difficult to have Lauren stand still enough to snap this photo for Day 2 of our Christmas Countdown!

Today’s Advent Scripture is Isaiah 52:7-10.

How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
together they shout for joy.
When the Lord returns to Zion,
they will see it with their own eyes.
Burst into songs of joy together,
you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord will lay bare his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see
the salvation of our God.

In the midst of a very busy Sunday, we took this Scripture to heart and “burst into song of joy together.” We made halos out of garland, formed an angel choir and sang Christmas carols. Really, it ended up that Jackson and I sang a few duets, and the kids and I ran around our living room flapping our wings (arms) while singing with gusto. Lauren wasn’t too sure of having the garland on her head, but she was game for chasing us.

Halos

Jackson and I with our homemade halos

Though I didn’t get to spend much quality time with the kids today in-between hosting a baby shower, worshiping with our church at two services and having a youth worker planning session, God made a way for me to share a wonderful, unexpected experience with my son tonight. At our evening church service, the focus was on the Lord’s Supper, and Jackson and I worshiped God together as mom and son, and brother and sister in Christ. This is the second time Jackson has taken communion, and first at our home church here. It was such beautiful music for my heart to pray with Jackson during the reflective moments and hear him thank Jesus for His sacrifice and shedding His blood so he could be saved. Jackson encouraged me to pray when he finished so we could both be ready to take the bread and the wine (grape juice). I am so grateful to God for allowing me the opportunity to express my love to Him for what He did on the cross for me and to thank Him for what He is doing in my life now.

On Day 2 of December and the countdown to Christmas, I am praying that God’s goodness would be so evident to you and your family, that you won’t be able to hold it in! Even if you don’t join in our angel choir, I hope you will take time to praise God and thank Him for His gift of Jesus and the many ways, big and small, He has blessed you.