Thursday, March 29, 2018

DAY 5 - HOLY WEEK - THURSDAY

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Thursday has arrived. One day remaining until Jesus is arrested... falsely accused and tried... sentenced to die by crucifixion. The scene unfolds with Jesus and His twelve disciples in the upper room participating in the Last Supper together prior to His death. It is in this setting where He, through symbolism, explains His coming death. 

Let's look back at the previous days and the lessons they brought.

1 - Jesus comes in - Sunday
2 - Jesus cleans us up - Monday
3 - Jesus teaches us Truth - Tuesday

4 - Jesus reveals the heart of lostness - Wednesday

The fifth lesson deals with what Jesus would do for the lostness of mankind. How far He was willing to go, to offer the needed forgiveness of God so that His greatest creation could be forgiven and receive eternal life.
Matthew 26:26-29 Holman Christian Standard Bible
26 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is My body.” 27 Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I tell you, from this moment I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in My Father’s kingdom with you.”
Christ often spoke in ways to make men think deeply. He used symbolism many times to make His point. This time though, the symbolism is different. It is about eating His body and drinking His blood. This is deep (not a call to eat flesh or drink blood) theological lesson, presented by interesting symbolism. What we need to take away from it today is that His body had to be broken --- His blood had to be spilled for the sins of man to be covered upon repentance.

With this stated, we learn that lesson # 5 is...

5 - Jesus shares the coming gospel - Thursday. Jesus, through this meal, tells his men how far He will go because of how much He loves them. He lovers us equally.
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WE = EBCI

I continue to be blessed and affirmed that EBCI is in God's hands and this shift will only make us stronger. With this stated, being molded and formed and grown takes time. This is not saying God mold us... form us... grow us instantaneously, rather God likes the process He takes us through and He knows it is for our benefit.

What we need to know and take to heart is our role in this shift --- change. Each of you is an important part of EBCI and you have a task to be completed and a talent, given by God, to use to complete that task and the timing for that talent to be used to complete the task you have been given is now. As you do this which God has initiated in you, it teaches others who are watching that God's call upon your life to be at EBCI is important and worth doing.

- We may not have the best day of the week to worship - but we do not have the worse.
- We may not have the best time on Saturday (I think we do) to worship - but we could have worse.
- We may have to get in and then get out when we are people who like to linger and fellowship with each other - but we do have the hour prior to do some of that to those who come.

EBCI NEEDS YOU - I HOPE YOU NEED EBCI
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MAP TO SUNRISE SERVICE

Thank you Jim for allowing use of your map

We start at 6 AM. Bus transportation from the villa will be at 5 AM. Breakfast will be at the end of our service where singing and preaching and baptisms will be happening. Come on out and join us at our annual Easter Fellowship. Bring some food to share with the church family.
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Pray specifically for the following

* Friday's Fellowship
* Precious Stones meeting
* Saturday's services at DECC
* Easter SonRise service at Black Palace Beach
*Leadership and decisions we face
* Satirday's Message - Jeremiah 1

I LOVE 
MY CHURCH --- HER PEOPLE --- OUR GOD

Pastor Jon






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