Brothers and sisters,
Happy Monday to all! Yesterday, the worship band led us in praising our great God and singing about the Lord Jesus as our Rock and our Redeemer, the One who continually protects and rescues us. Then we looked in Matthew 26 about the first observance of the Lord’s Supper. We learned that Jesus invites all who believe in Him to this memorial meal. At this meal we remember the price paid for our salvation and we remember that Jesus will come again to bring to perfect completion the Kingdom of God. We also learned that Jesus invites all who will fail Him to this supper. Peter and the other apostles all fell away from the Lord on the night Jesus was betrayed. Jesus knew they would fail him. But even though Jesus knew this, He still invited them to this memorial meal. Jesus knows we will fail him before we fail Him. But still He bids us to come to Him and His table. We know Jesus prayed for Peter that His faith would not fail him even when he blew it. Jesus prayed for Peter that after he had turned from this failure that Peter would strengthen other believers. We realized that just as Jesus prayed for Peter, today Jesus is praying for us. Hebrews 7:25 tells us this truth, “Therefore He (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Jesus saves us completely, not because we will never fail, but because He continually prays, intercedes for every person who believes. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for inviting us to your table knowing all our weaknesses! Thank You, Lord Jesus, for continually praying for us and completely saving us!
Next Sunday evening, March 1, at 6:00 PM we will have a hymn sing. This is an informal time of sharing what the Lord has done for us and for singing some of the hymns that are most meaningful to us. Hope you will plan on being here. You will be blessed!
Remember to keep praying continually for each other. We all need our brothers and sisters praying for us.
Love being your pastor!
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church