THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
“In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
1 Corinthians 11:25 ESV
CHRISTMAS REMINDS US JESUS BREAKS SIN
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon in the Apollo 11 space mission. Michael Collins, the third member of the group, was in charge of the command module, essential for their return to earth, which circled the moon while Armstrong and Aldrin landed. The moon lander touched down at 3:17 Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, July 20, 1969.
Aldrin had brought with him a tiny communion kit, given him by his church, that had a silver chalice and wine vial about the size of the tip of his finger. During the morning he radioed, “Houston, this is Eagle. This is the LM pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in, whoever or wherever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the last few hours, and to give thanks in his own individual way.”
“In the radio blackout,” he wrote later, “I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ’I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in Me will bring forth much fruit.’”
The Lord’s supper is our own little way of pausing and giving thanks as followers of Jesus. The cup symbolized Jesus’ shedding His blood on the cross as a payment for our sins. The New covenant was sealed and instituted by His blood.
The blood of Jesus now covers the sins of all those who place their faith in Him for salvation. The salvation which we born-again Christians receive through Christ is a salvation from eternal condemnation in hell to eternity in heaven. Take some time in silence today and reflect on what it would be like to see earth from outer space. How do you think that would affect your view of God and of yourself? Hopefully, one of the thoughts is gratitude that God cares about you in the midst of the enormous universe. Thank Jesus for His blood shed for you today.