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Tears Of Gratitude

At a communion service my wife and I attended, the congregation was invited to come forward to receive the bread and cup from one of the pastors or elders. They told each one personally of Jesus’ sacrifice for him or her. It was an especially moving experience during what can often become just routine. After we returned to our seats, I watched as others slowly and quietly filed past. It was striking to see how many had tears in their eyes. For me, and for others I talked with later, they were tears of gratitude.

The reason for tears of gratitude is seen in the reason for the communion table itself. Paul, after instructing the church at Corinth about the meaning of the memorial supper, punctuated his comments with these powerful words: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). With the elements of communion pointing directly to the cross and the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, that service was about so much more than ritual—it was about Christ. His love. His sacrifice. His cross. For us.

How inadequate words are to convey the extraordinary worth of Christ! Sometimes tears of gratitude speak what words can’t fully express.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all. —Watts
The love Christ showed for us on the cross is greater than words could ever express.

Insight

For centuries, the Jewish community of faith had called to memory God’s provision of their deliverance out of bondage in Egypt. This memorial was celebrated through the Passover meal (Ex. 12:1-28). A roasted lamb, unleavened bread, wine, bitter herbs, and other items helped them remember their salvation from slavery. In our reading today, we see how our Lord took that sacred feast and transformed it into a memorial of His own sacrificial death (see Luke 22:19).

18 thoughts on “Tears Of Gratitude

  1. yawakrofi says:

    What is man that you are mindful of him? Lord thank you so much for your sacrificial death on the cross for us.

  2. Jim Thompson says:

    When I partook of my First Communion as a small child, shame overwhelmed me because of the part I played in Jesus’ passion and death. Even today, the tears I shed are from that shame. Oh yes, I’ve grown into gratitude as well, but that shame hasn’t left me, even for a moment. I praise Jesus for taking my sin-guilt, and pray for relief from my shame.

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  4. Sandra Crittenden says:

    THANK YOU JESUS!! MUCH LOVE YOUR SISTER!!

  5. joy123 says:

    When I partake of the body and blood of my Lord, I’m reminded of how great a sacrifice He made for me and how great a sinner I was until I accepted His free gift of Grace. Thank you Jesus for dying. for me. The communion service always stirs my heart. Love you Lord. Bruce

  6. sir_vant says:

    In the scripture reference for today is a portion about examining yourself. This is not about examining yourself to see if YOU are worthy enough to partake of communion. The fact is that we are all unworthy. No, it is about examining THE WAY that you are partaking. Are you recognizing the Body (your fellow believers, the Body of Christ)? Are you partaking in an unworthy MANNER (irreverantly, not being considerate of your brothers and sisters in Christ)? Where else would God want you to come for restoration than to His Table? God runs to us and embraces us as the father did to his prodical son.

  7. cswhalen says:

    The practice of communion should not be an exclusive club but open to all that believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord our Savior. I am so thankful that Jesus died for me and I am allowed to be part of that last supper each time I take communion.

  8. jackysprat says:

    What an awesome amazing love. I will always remember the price you paid. Thank you Lord Jesus.

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