It’s Thursday of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, the day Christ followers remember the Last Supper. Historically this is the day Jesus and His followers celebrated Passover together. It is also the day Judas betrayed Jesus. During this long standing celebration of God delivering His people from bondage, Jesus gave this meal new meaning. Below is the account from Matthew and Paul:
Matthew 26:26-28; I Corinthians 11:24, 25 (NIV)
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
…do this in remembrance of me."
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
…whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me."
That night the disciples didn’t know what Jesus meant, but we do. Jesus, the Lamb slain from the foundations of the world, was going to the cross and the cup and the bread would remind us of His sacrifice for us. Jesus was making a new and permanent Passover. God’s plan of salvation was nearly complete. And the most amazing part of it all was only four days away; the resurrection.
Sunday at Impact we will be celebrating the cross and the resurrection! We will celebrate the cross through communion. We will remember Him and what He did for us. We will celebrate the resurrection and its amazing, eternal, life-changing implications and give people an opportunity to invite Christ into their life.
Even now I invite you to prepare your hearts. As you invite people to join you let them know this is going to be a service all about hope. I am praying that each of us will have several opportunities to invite people to be a part of one of the two services this Easter weekend. I believe we will have well over 500 people if we all invite and trust God to soften hearts. And then we need to agree together in prayer that many will respond to the Good News and ask Christ to be their Savior and Lord.
If you are a regular attender of Impact I need you to be a greeter and an usher whether or not you serve on those teams. Everyone is needed to serve and minister Sunday. All of us together can help each person feel welcomed and remove any distractions so people can hear and respond to God.
Pastor Bill Rose