Friday, September 1, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 September 1

“Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.” (Matthew 26:36-46)

Today’s Morsel:  I think that there comes a time when each of us needs to have a time of prayer where we do not forget the cup that we have chosen to drink. So many people take communion never realizing the nature of the cup.  Communion isn’t just meeting some religious obligation.  Communion is a time of renewed commitment. The red inside the cup is a reminder of the blood that was shed for our sins.  The cup is a reminder of what Jesus has done for us.  It is a bitter cup.  It is a cup of rejection, persecution, misunderstanding, and death.  Jesus didn’t desire the cup, but He knew the Father’s will was that it must be drunk.  When you take this cup, are you willing to die for Christ?  Do you discern what He’s done for you?  Take time often to remember what Christ has done for you.  It will make you much more willing to do all for Him.  

Sing: He is my everything, He is my all.  He is my everything, both great and small.  He gave His life for me, made everything new.  He is my everything, O’ how about you?

Thought For Today: There is no life without death. 

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