A beautiful celebration of the love that has been established amongst us by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The Love Feast is a full fellowship meal which brings together the Body to partake of the One Loaf and Wine within the setting of a meal. Its here that we have regard for our brothers and sisters and acknowledge that we are a people called out from the world to love our Father and neighbour with the inexhaustible love of the Holy Spirit. This is a time for worship and ministering one to another in the power and love of the Spirit. It’s an opportunity to bring together the various members of the One Body with all their gifts and works of love, to overflow in our gatherings.
Every weekend many Christians will take the bread and wine as part of communion or the Lords Supper and will consider the death of Jesus and the forgiveness of sins that His death purchased for us all.
The celebration of the Lords Supper is more than just a remembrance of His death its also a acknowledgment of what we have “now” and also a looking forward to what is coming “next”
Most of us understand the wonder of looking back at what Jesus did for us, in those ministry years and on that cross at Calvary, but what about the “now”
In Luke 22:15-18 Jesus said to His disciples, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”
Jesus tells his followers that he shall never eat the Passover until it “the Passover” is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God and that He will not drink the wine until the kingdom of God comes. We often view this as a time to come failing to recognise that its something that’s happening in the “now”
The Passover is a celebration of deliverance and is fulfilled in Christ see 1 Corinthians 5:7 For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
All things have already been put in subjection to Christ and he is the King of the Kingdom which is the body or the church of which He is the head and the fullness of Him who fills us all.
Ephesians 1:22-23 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
We are told that when we minster to a brother or sister in Christ we actually minster to the Lord. We are given the wonderful ministry of communion with Jesus in the body as it gathers together.
Matthew 25:43-45 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’Can you see this wonderful truth? That when we meet to celebrate the Lords Supper he is actually in attendance and spiritually eats and drinks with us. He is part of our celebration, for the Passover has been fulfilled and His Kingdom has come.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
This weekend as you take the bread and the wine let your heart celebrate and leap for joy for we have much to celebrate and especially the fact that He is among us and within us as we eat and drink together. We celebrate his victorious death and resurrection (past) and our first resurrection to spiritual life in His body enjoying life with Him (now) whilst eagerly awaiting our bodily resurrection on the Day of the Lord (future)