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All right, thank you Ashton for that introduction. So things will be a little bit different here today. I’d like to thank you for joining us on what is now our third episode of the communionconnection. My family and I are blessed enough to be on vacation in Florida and it’s not the easiest thing in the world to set up a mobile studio, so hopefully our sound quality is up to snuff. This is a big wide open room, which can lead to a lot of sound bouncing around, but we’ll give it our best. I do want to praise the Lord for this opportunity for us to be on vacation.
For those of you who don’t know us, this was supposed to be a trip with my oldest daughter and her husband and our grandchildren, due to some circumstances beyond our control, they ended up not being able to come. My wife and I wanted to take this opportunity to have a vacation with our children, you know, as they get older and older and it’s easy to realize how little time you have with them. So we are enjoying this time down here in Florida, but I look forward to being home. Before we get started on today’s subject, the bread of his presence, let me just quickly again ask, have you visited this week to sunshine juice company? I sure hope you have.
Our friends over there, Erin and Arielle, they’re just such a blessing going in and getting a cold press juice and getting all those nutrients and that taste, that’s almost a bonus over just seeing their beautiful smiling faces. I know when I walked in, Erin was just smiling ear to ear and I already felt like I had had a boost just from that. Anyway, go see Erin on East Virginia or Arielle over on the West side on West Franklin. It’ll do your heart, your soul and your body good.
So today we’re going to talk about the bread of his presence when, when Jesus was having the last supper, you know, that was based on taking the Passover meal, which was instituted when Israel was getting ready to leave Egypt. And so when he took that bread, he broke it and he said, this is my body. Well, we really need to look at what bread is in the Bible and the significance of it. And so one of the things we go back and we look at is when the Lord is laying out for Moses on the mountain, how they should design the temple or how they they should design the tent of meeting. And one of the things they have there is a place called the Holy place, which would be, now you have the outer court, you have the inner court or the Holy place and then you have the most Holy place. And in the Holy place, they had a table called the table of showbread, and this is where they would put bread on this table day by day. Well, this table also has another name that’s also called the bread of his presence. So what this gives us an idea of is not only when we take the bread are we remembering his death until he comes, but really it’s an invitation to enjoy his presence.
I really want to thank my pastor, pastor Chad Ricketts for kind of really bringing an excitement to this idea. You know, he and I were discussing Acts and in there it says that they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching to prayer, to the breaking of bread and to fellowship. Not necessarily in that order, but we were discussing the fact, you know, when we think of fellowship, we typically think of eating. But if eating bread and fellowship were the exact same things, then why would he have said it twice?
And so it really caused him to wonder what exactly is this breaking of bread. And so the idea, the revelation came to him, you know, you see the two guys on the road to Emmaus and they’re walking and talking with Jesus. They don’t even realize it’s him. But as they get to their destination, Jesus acts like he’s going to go on further but they urge him to stay and eat with him. And so he says yes. And as they’re getting ready to have the meal, Jesus breaks the bread and it says, when he broke the bread, then their eyes were opened and suddenly they understood that it was Jesus that was there with them. And they said, did our hearts not burn within us the whole time he was talking to us. You see when that bread was broken, they had a revelation of his presence.
And what is that bread we see in the tent of meeting or in the temple? It’s the bread of his presence. So when we break bread, when we take the bread in communion, this really is an invitation from Jesus to enjoy his presence, to have him near us. And we know from scriptures that in his presence is fullness of joy. Now it tells us that in Psalm 16:11 and believe me, who among us couldn’t use a little more joy? In fact, in Nehemiah 8:10 it says, the joy of the Lord is our strength. So let me tell you, I know a lot of people among us who could use more joy. I’ve come become convinced really that one of the ultimate testimonies that we can have in the Lord is to have joy because the world is missing joy. They’re running after happiness, they’re running after experiences. But that’s because so few have true joy. And when we can have joy in the Lord, whether we’re having good times or we’re having hard times, this becomes a real testimony that something in us is different. In fact, when I read led my friend to the Lord, I didn’t even know a lot of scriptures at that time to say I was. I was fairly new in the Lord, but he could see the joy of the Lord on me. He knew something was different about me and it caused him to get curious and he wanted to know what was going on with me and it eventually led him to give his life over to the Lord.
The strength issue, how many of us feel weak or beat down or defeated by the world? The joy of the Lord is our strength. So come to the table, break bread, experience the presence of Jesus, and let that presence be your fullness of joy and let that joy produce strength. Now I’m not saying you’re going to have some mystical feeling every time you take communion if you begin to practice the Lord’s presence. If we begin to regularly take communion, I can just tell you as a testimonial, as someone who now takes communion every week, that there’s just something that really begins to happen in you. Sometimes it’s immediate when you take it. And sometimes it’s just this building thing in your life that coming into the Lord’s presence can begin to change your countenance. It begin to change your attitude. It can begin to strengthen you in your spirit. So I just really encourage you to break bread with us.
So having said that, let’s take this week’s communion. All right. In first Corinthians 11:23, it says, for I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed, took bread. And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, this is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Lord, we thank you for your presence and just so grateful that you made away to restore us, that we can be in relationship with you, that Lord you’ve restored that garden experience where we can walk with you or thank you for your desire to be in relationship with us, to share your presence with us all. We just ask, Lord, that our joy would be made complete in you, and that you would strengthen us. Lord, as we take this meal, this Holy meal with you, Lord, your name I pray. Amen. Let’s take the elements.
In the same way he took the cup also after supper saying this cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Holy father, I thank you that you had a plan from the beginning of time to restore man to overcome the plan of the enemy. Though the devil hated us and planned day by day to see us fall and tricked Adam and Eve into giving up their birthright. You had a plan to come and send your son to shed his blood so that our sins would be remitted so that we could enter into right standing with you and come back into relationship. Jesus, we thank you for your spilled blood. We thank you that you are not defeated by the enemy and that we are not defeated by the enemy when we come into relationship with Jesus. In your Holy name I pray. Let’s take the cup.
All right folks. Well how exciting. Another week of taking communion together. Hey, would you go to our website, www.thecommunionconnection.com. There you can read my bio and you can read our blog posts, which up until now have been similar to the podcast, but it’s in visual form. You can read it if you have the need to take communion but you would like it to be in a little easier form to do we have a resource page that has boxes of prefilled communion cups with the bread and the juice. And if you follow that link, it’ll take you to christianbook.com and you can, you can pick up some of these boxes and keep them at home. It makes it really convenient to have communion. So please join us at www.thecommunionconnection.com. And other than that, I pray you have a blessed week and hey, subscribe to our newsletter or just go on and leave comments about this week’s episode, we really would love to hear from you.