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Happy Easter!

How are you spending it? Are you looking forward to the ham, roast, steak, or PB&J?

Easter is not about the food. Or is it?

The Last Supper is the Friday night meal Jesus had with his disciples before he was taken away by the Roman soldiers to be crucified on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-34).

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenantin my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes."

The "taking of bread and wine" also known as "communion" has been a ritual performed at churches across the world. Grape drink has been adopted instead of the wine in most of America, but the sentiment behind the ritual has remained, that we do this "in remembrance" of Jesus.

Do you know that there was a command from Jesus that we are to stay home and eat before we do this? Yes, Jesus made a Stay Home order of his own centuries ago.

33 "So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment."

Actually, I believe that Jesus warned us not to focus on the food too much, because if you do, you're missing the opportunity to focus on Jesus. Imagine, being at church and you grab a handful of the communion crackers and several cups of the juice because you're hungry? That would definitely bring "judgment" on you by those around you. So, as you prepare for your meal today, take a moment to consider why we are gathering and who we are celebrating, and what that celebration means. Take a few minutes to ask each person at the table what they believe the meaning of Easter is before they chow-down. After the Easter Bunny, colored eggs, chocolate, and jelly beans have been shared, explain the REAL reason for the meal and the holiday: That Jesus died on the cross and took the sins of the world upon himself and rose from the dead three days later. If you believe that Jesus took your sins and that one day you will be in heaven with him, then there is no fear of the Corona-Virus because there is no more death; only life eternal (John 3:16).

Happy Easter

"He is risen; He is risen indeed!"

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