We are looking forward to gathering around the Lord’s table together Sunday morning. Here is a little taste of how we will prepare ourselves for communion.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote the following about the cross & following Jesus, “The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise God-fearing and happy life but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man He bids him to come and die.” Christianity is about a life of dying to self while being raised again in newness of life with Christ. The communion we have with Christ is rooted in death. The New Testament is unashamed of this great truth, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live , but Christ lives in me, and the life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20) Our life is hidden in the greatness of Jesus, or it should be. John the Baptist understood this by declaring, “He must increase and I must decrease.” Once we have dropped our nets (last week’s message) we must pick up our cross. We must make much of Christ with our lives. He is after all our glory, our satisfaction and our hope. Our communion with Him means we will follow Him wherever he leads and we will praise Him whatever He brings.
That is dying to self. That is picking up your cross.