December 8, 2017

Matthew 1:21 (NLT) — 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

There are many people who have made a big deal out of Jesus’ mother Mary. They have made statues of her and some even pray to her. Jesus never asked us to make a big deal out of his mother. In fact when one lady said, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!” Jesus’ reply was, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” (Luke 11:27-28)

We make a big deal out of Jesus’ birth by having huge Christmas celebrations. In fact people get drunk, eat too much, and spend too much celebrating Christmas. Jesus never asked us to make a big deal out his birth. All this celebrating is not how he wanted to be remembered.

He told us what he wanted us to do to remember him but very few people make a big deal out of it. And because we don’t make a big deal out of it we miss out on some big blessings. Remember that Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” And what was it that we were to do to  remember Jesus?

Luke 22:18–20 (NLT) — 18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.” 19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.

That’s right we were to have Holy Communion. Holy Communion is Jesus’ way of imparting his life into our lives every day. Holy Communion reminds us that our sins have been forgiven and our bodies are healed. We take this all by faith regardless of how we feel or what we see or what others say. We know from listening to my last 5 sermons that it is God’s nature to heal, that Jesus is our Passover Lamb, and that by partaking of the blood and the body we have all the health that we need for the journey that is ahead of us. We know that Jesus took all of our sin, sickness and diseases on himself for the purpose of carrying them away.

Isaiah 53:4–5 (NLT) — 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

We remember that God always watches over his word to perform it. So I encourage you to do what Jesus said to do to remember him. Take communion every day and believe that you are taking the very life of Jesus into your life; physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Jesus said to do this and his words are spirit and life.

John 6:63 (NLT) — 63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Let’s remember Jesus the way he wanted to be remembered and make a big deal out of it. That way we will be sure not to miss out on some big blessings!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

P.S. You might want to go back and listen to those 5 messages on communion and healing.

 

Comments

  1. What a great message Pastor Dan! Communion…that’s the big deal. You have really opened my eyes to this and probably many others by spending so much time teaching us more than we knew, at least for me. I have faithfully taken communion everyday since you mentioned it several weeks ago and I look forward to it. I’m believing that any unbelief I still have for complete healing will fade to nothing as I continue to remember the One who can and will do what he says!