Broken and Poured Out
Week 28: Jul 9th – 15th
Bible passage to read: Luke 22:14-20
John 3:16 is arguably one of the most popular verse and yet misunderstood in the scriptures. As a Christian, I never understood the meaning of Jesus being given to the world until I became born again. Then, the Holy Spirit interpreted the spiritual context of “giving” to me. What a lovely experience!
Apostle John, the writer of the book of John did not just write the 16th verse of the 3rd chapter because he had nothing to replace the words there. He wrote it under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in order to explain more to us about the salvation of mankind. “Giving” in this context means that God is “Gifting” us Jesus Christ without taking anything back. The delivery of Jesus to mankind was sponsored by heaven without any initial deposits from the earth.
Sacrifice is all about giving. So, Jesus was sacrificed for us totally so that we can be made perfect before God. Jesus was the material used in the exchange for our souls at the trade by batter market. That was why the reconciliatory process between man and God was incomplete until Christ gave out his blood and flesh.
The event that took place in today’s passage is often referred to as the last supper by many Christian. The communion of the disciples with the saviour was not the last supper; it’s the Lord’s Supper. How could it have been the last supper when Jesus himself gave the instruction that it should be done continually in remembrance of him?
This is the significance of the communion; Jesus was butchered, cut and broken into pieces as a sacrifice to God. Then we are given a chance to fellowship with the father by eating out of the flesh and blood of the “being” which was used as a sacrifice. We must have been so dear to God for him to have given us such an open invitation to dine with him. This is indeed a privilege!
No wonder Apostle Paul wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that the bread is Jesus and the wine is his blood (1st Corinthians 10:16-17). In this case, the host of the supper is the lord because he is the only one that has the right and power over his son. We are the visitors called out from the world to reconcile with our creator.
Do you wish to eat the bread and wine from heaven? Then you have to be broken. You need to totally surrender yourself to Jesus on the altar with humility. It doesn’t matter whether you are born again or not. What really matter is that God wants to take away some of your bad habits and make you rely on him alone for grace. If you are willing to do this, then you will be welcome at the table.
You need to be ready to present yourself blameless before the divine creator as a sacrifice material ready to burn on the altar forever! As a broken Christian, you are not permitted to be on the altar today and roll to the ground tomorrow. You have to be steadfast in your righteous way of life forever.
Give God a chance, surrender your heart, submit your soul and let the creator remold you into his purpose
Devotional Prayer Points
- Oh Lord, I recognise myself as a sinner; I come boldly to confess my sins before you. Graciously reconcile me back to you in Jesus name.
- Oh lord, please break every hard part of my life and rebuild me to be fit for your own use in Jesus name
- Dear father, help me not to backslide, help me to stand in you forever.
- Heavenly lord, please give me the grace to follow your will at all times without arguments in Jesus name.
- Father, let this season have a meaningful impact in my life.
Author: Evangelist Daniel Daramola
Author: CCC Handbook Weekly Devotional
CCC Seventh Year Parish 2