Communion message from today

December 8th, 2013

Hello all, I led communion today at church. Here is a copy of what I shared…

Jesus surrendered three times

This week as I have been reflecting on communion for today one word has kept coming back to me – the word surrender. In particular I have been thinking about Jesus and His times of surrender. In the last week of His life alone, Jesus surrendered three times. I think this is worth reflecting on as we pause to take communion today.

1. Jesus Surrendered His Will in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-42)

A short time before Jesus was crucified He went to a place called the Garden of Gethsemane to spend some time alone in prayer with the Father. He was deeply troubled, as He knew that soon He would be going to die a painful death on the cross.  He threw Himself on the ground and cried out to God, “Take this cup from Me, but still not My will but Yours.” In this one sentence He expressed His heart to God the Father, and He surrendered His will completely and totally.

2. Jesus Surrendered His Rights at Gabatha (Matthew 27:11-20)

When Jesus was taken before Pilate He was taken to a place called Gabatha or the Pavement as it is sometimes known. Pilate questioned Him about the charges brought against Him by the Jewish leaders, but Jesus chose to be silent and do the will of the Father.  In doing this Jesus surrendered His rights. Jesus stood firm when He was challenged and kept focussed on the bigger picture – the salvation of mankind. The salvation of you and I.

3. Jesus Surrendered His life at Golgotha (Matthew 27:32-38)

The Bible tells us that the name of the place where Jesus was crucified was called Golgotha. The heart of the gospel message is that Jesus died on the cross for the sin of mankind. He did this so we could all find salvation and live for eternity with Him. At any stage Jesus could have changed His mind and not gone through with the crucifixion, but He didn’t. He chose to surrender all. He did not even hold back His own life.

So as we prepare to celebrate communion today, let us remember Jesus and what He has done for us. Let us remember the three surrenders He did for us. He surrendered His will at Gethsemane, His rights at Gabatha, and His life at Golgotha.