Today we had communion at REVO. Communion always brings such a wide range of thoughts and emotion for me. Today, it was especially sweet. I think because of the journey I have been on the last several months.
You see, communion is a concentrated time when I…all those who call themselves followers of Jesus really…see ourselves as the fallen people we are, sinful, fallen, longing for something more than ourselves and at times we don’t even know it people. We come face-to-face with our separation from the God who not only made us but also desires us for relationship with Himself and the fact that we can do nothing to mend that separation, for it is vast and immeasurable.
But then we are taken to a place of awareness of God’s love that reaches out into that vast and immeasurable expanse, taking hold of us and bringing us into His embrace.
We are brought into His embrace by the broken body and shed blood of Christ. We are forgiven.
“…, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Hebrews 9:22
We are made right before God, justified, because Christ did not remain in the grave.
“…who (Jesus our Lord) was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 4:25
It is a love story. The greatest one of my life. One that began with me being pursued and loved by the One who formed me and knitted me together. Who taught me love.
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Because He loves me so deeply, richly, vastly, extremely, extravagantly I am able to fall more and more in love with Him, never being separated from that great love.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
May God Almighty always be my delight, my strength, my salvation, my prize, my devotion, the love song I sing in the depths of my heart.