Sunday, October 25, 2009

Remember the Sabbath

Family time last Sunday focused on the fourth commandment, which says we are to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. We took this opportunity to help our children understand one of the unique things we do to keep the Sabbath day holy. Communion is unique to Christianity. It was modeled and commanded by Jesus to his followers in the Upper Room. We tried our best to explain what Jesus said and why he said it. So, we got out a piece of bread and some juice and tried to explain it.

Jesus said, "This is my body." He did not mean it was his actual body but that it represented his body. He broke it in front of them to represent what would be happening to his actual body. Josiah and Alayna already knew about Jesus on the cross but did not know as much about the beating he was given before going to the cross. Even though this beating was brutal it does not make Jesus unique. Others face similar deaths during the Roman Empire.

Jesus also said, "This is my blood." He did not mean that it was his actual blood. Alayna agreed and added, "If it was real blood we would get sick!" This is where Jesus' death becomes unique. Since the beginning of sin in this world God has always connected sin and death. After Adam and Eve sinned God killed an animal and clothed them. All the old testament sacrifices were incomplete. Jesus' blood was a perfect covering for all our sins because He was perfect. His blood did what animal blood could not.

Jesus wants us to reflect on His perfect sacrifice because we need to remember that we are not perfect and have a need for Him. This is one of the ways that we can remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.

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