Communion Exhortation - 1/25/09

Matthew 4:1-11 - Temptation of Christ

God sets a table for us in the presence of our enemies. Even here at this table Satan tempts us as he tempted Jesus. He distracts us from Christ by focusing on the physical. Is the bread crumbly? Tasty? Am I hungry? No, we pass the bread b/c He told us to, to remember Him. Satan tempts us to seek proof of our adoption by Him somewhere other than His Word. It’s because you haven’t missed church in 3 years that he loves you. It’s because we do weekly communion, with our children, that he loves you. No, He loves you by His free grace and has given Himself for you. Satan tempts you to receive for yourself here. To just store it all up for you and your family. But he means you to love the Giver, not just receive the gift. He means you to give as He has given to you. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Look less to the bread, the wine, the table; love the host above His table. Consider less your pride of position; love the prince Himself. Do not grasp the earthly power or position of His kingdom; love the king.

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