Yeshua took bread and blessed it. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take this, and eat it. This is my body.” Then he took a cup and spoke a prayer of thanksgiving. He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood, the blood of the promise. It is poured out for many people so that sins are forgiven. Matthew 26:26b -28 from Names of God Bible
We think today about Jesus serving the last supper to the disciples. The disciples go into the city and talk to a “certain man” that Jesus asked them to tell, “My time is near” and that they would celebrate Passover at this man’s house. The disciples do as the Lord had directed and prepared for the Passover.
A Passover Seder is a service held at home as part of the Passover celebration. It is a remembrance of that first Passover which was the liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt.
During the last Passover that Jesus celebrated with his disciples he instituted communion or the Lord’s Supper. We are to do this in remembrance of the Lord Jesus and his sacrifice for our sins. Jesus was the perfect lamb that was slain on our behalf
. He never did anything wrong. He was the only one that could bear and pay for all the sins of the world. He was and is our Good Shepherd.
He died so we might live.
As we reflect on this Thursday of Passion Week may we be thoughtful of the great love, compassion, and the keeping of a promise that God showed us at the Last Supper.
Cathy Jo Johnson
“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
Ahh it is the end of a busy day. Ending the day with beautiful music and God’s Word is a perfect ending to maybe a not so perfect day.
Listen to the excerpt from “Scripture Lullabies” provided in the link below.
“Hidden In My Heart” Scripture Lullabies
Days are busy and sometimes seem too long. Sometimes just to complete the chores, activities, meals, homework, and then to make plans for the following day can be overwhelming. But actually time is short. I have one married son and a daughter who will be married in 2 months. Where did all those childhood days go? Did I prepare them for life? Was I a good example? Do they love God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind? As parents all we can do is our best each day. My life verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” All days are busy and some days are better than others. Looking back, on good days I allowed Christ to give me strength and on the not so good days I allowed me to take over.
Beyond meeting the daily needs of our families, our main task is to point our children to Christ. Children are blessings from our heavenly Father. He entrusts them to our care for a season. Life choices, circumstances and Satan try to trip us up as parents. Yet, Jesus has told us that He has overcome the world. What words of encouragement that verse has become. God gives us what we need to meet the needs of every day in every situation.
Time goes quickly so cherish the moments. My daughter in law is flying in for my daughter’s wedding shower this weekend. Bridesmaids are coming in from different states too. It once was play days and sleepovers. Instead of a birthday party with friends, family and gifts this weekend it will be a wedding shower with family, friends, and gifts to help my daughter set up her own home. Today is a day of endings and beginnings. Take each moment to teach and impart God’s ways and words into your little ones lives for they grow up quickly to have families of their own.
The music previewed in the introductory video is a wonderful way to impart God’s Word. This music with Scripture allows children’s minds and hearts to fall asleep to God’s love letters, His Word. What better ending to a busy day:)
May we continually hide God’s Word in our hearts and minds.
Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,
Cathy Jo Johnson