Praise You mighty God! Mighty Lord, You shall always be my God forever and ever. Faithfully You shall teach me and and encourage me. I bow down to You in thanksgiving and worship!
On Sunday I attended mass with a friend, and at communion time God gave me a picture in my mind of Jesus. At this time of remembering Christ’s sacrifice, it was not Jesus on the cross nor His horrific torture that appeared in my field of vision. Rather it was Jesus laid out on an altar like a lamb offered up in Abraham’s time.
His arms outstretched, His flayed body was not bloody but white, the perfect sacrifice. It was not a close up vision. Then the picture of the body on the altar multiplied from person to person until it spread all over the world and it was an individual image over each persons head, over everyone attending this mass to every nation and land.
This vision gave me an increased insight into the fact that Jesus sacrificed Himself for all mankind. He did this because He loves us all so much! All peoples are invited to know Him and feel His love and mercy. As we receive Jesus in Communion, let our awareness be opened to His mercy, and let us be obedient to pray for everyone as Paul instructed Timothy.
1 Timothy 2:2-5 (NIV)
2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people
And I add Jesus' instruction: Matthew 9:38 (NKJV)
Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Jesus sacrificed Himself that our debt may be forgiven. Only He, as the God-man, could mediate the sin of mankind. Only His sacrifice could pay the ransom of man’s betrayal of God; only this could halt the shackles of satan’s sin nature from being passed down to all mankind. As we take communion all over the world, we remember in our hearts that, because of Jesus sacrificial death so long ago, we are now freed from the chains of satan binding us in servitude to his evil ways. When we choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior now, accepting His gift of redemption, Jesus restores us to our original life with God’s DNA. The enemy no longer can bind us to his machinations, for we now joyfully serve Almighty God as our Lord and Master. Alleluia!
2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.