DIG for Tuesday the 23rd of December…..there was no mention of sin at the first communion…..Luke 22 v 19

In Luke 22 we see Jesus setting in place what has become known in the church as communion.

We see Him giving His followers bread and wine as a symbol of His body and blood.

We read a passage telling His disciples what this was for; it was an act of remembrance.

Communion is about (and only about) remembering Jesus.

It is a time to focus on Him and it is not a time to focus on our ourselves or on our sin.

I briefly taught on this passage in Luke 22 before communion last Sunday and I had a brother quite new to the fellowship come up to me afterwards with a wide smile on his face.

“I always knew deep down that communion should not be about sin, now I understand what it is for”, was his opening remarks.

He said he enjoyed communion this time, looking to Jesus instead of his sin as he was asked to do in previous churches.

I could see that in a little way this brother had been set free, he had been changed as his understanding about a Biblical truth was corrected.

Communion is a time to remember the sacrifice and great victory of Jesus over sin and death.

It is not a time to look at our sin; this will only result in grief and condemnation.

Communion is a time for celebration not condemnation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for communion, a time to focus on that great work”.

Luke 22 v 19…..And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, saying, This is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me

DIG for Monday the 22nd of December……the virgin birth was important…..Isaiah 7 v 14

I got a reply from a brother yesterday about the DIG concerning the importance of the Old Testament; he reminded me about Isaiah 7 v 14.

This is a prophecy about the birth of the Messiah, saying He will be born of a virgin.

We see this in the Gospels also, in Matthew 1 v 21 to 23.

Many liberal theologians and churchmen now say that the virgin birth was not possible, and indeed not important.

They state that the Greek word in Matthew 1 v 23 does not explicitly mean virgin (although it is often translated as virgin).

The virgin birth however was very important.

It was a sign that Jesus was the Messiah and it was vital that Jesus was born without the sin of a father.

The Hebrew word for virgin is very interesting, and once again it does not explicitly mean virgin.

It means maid, lass and implies a virgin, but its literally meaning is “something kept out of sight”.

I will not explain this further but I think you’ll see what I mean when I believe that this verse does mean a real, literal virgin.

The Word prophesied that Jesus would be born of a virgin and in the Gospels we see this happening.

Jesus was born sinless so that He could deal with our sin and the New Testament confirms this.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the miraculous birth of Jesus, and thank you that He came to earth in the flesh and purchased my forgiveness and reconciliation”.

Isaiah 7 v14…..Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name immanuel