|Bouveret; Last Supper|
Today we had communion in church and while I was sitting there I started thinking about my earlier post Bread and Stones and how bread is similar in texture to meat, how it builds you up and nourishes you. This got me thinking about the wine too.
You see, Jesus gave his disciples wine with the words,"Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.",not grape juice or water. Why? Well the scripture that came to mind comes from the book of Judges chapter 9 verse 13, "But the vine answered: What, leave my new wine which gladdens gods and men."
There is another scripture at the end of the book of Proverbs which reads, "Give wine to the embittered; such men will drink and forget their poverty and remember their trouble no more." 31 verses 6and 7. (Yes I know they don't serve wine because of alcoholism and so on, but lets put that aside for the moment.)
Lets be absolutely honest here, The covenant, sealed in the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, does indeed gladden our hearts and if, when in trouble or embittered we turn to that self same covenant, we do forget our troubles and see things from a completely different perspective.
Jesus also talks about new skins for new wine and of course he also talks about the vine and so on. You must admit that once you've drunk from the new covenant and accepted the forgiveness of your sins, your life can never be the same again, you have a new life filled with a new kind of wine.
|Cheers; Susan Jenkins|
I'm curious to know whether you still partake in Holy Communion at your place of worship and, if so, how do you view the occasion, with solemnity or exuberance?
Any other observations, now that you've begun to look at things a little differently, will be welcome.
Blessings to everyone on this Sunday, Geoff.