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1 Corinthians 11:25

May 26

In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My Blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

As we participate in Communion, Jesus reminds us to remember – to look back at the darkest night on which all of history hinges and to anticipate His promise that we will sit around a table again with Him one day.

Remembrance holds an important place in Jewish culture. The Israelites insisted on remembering God’s enduring compassion and undying faithfulness. They established memorials to remind themselves and their children. They sang songs, designed dances, and penned poetry. They assembled altars, designated days of celebration, wrote in their record books, and offered oblations to God.

For them and the following generations, those memorials pointed to how the Lord delivered them from enemies, brought them through deep waters, and provided for every need.

Remembrance is an act of righteousness. Remember Jesus’ desperate prayer in Gethsemane. Remember Judas’ act of betrayal. Remember the Roman whip that laid open His back. Remember the blood that poured out for the remission of our sins. Remember the final words that He uttered from the cross.

Remember the promises of God, because the provision of the Lord is found in them. In Communion, we remember our Savior, Healer, Provider, Defender, Hope, and Soon-coming King!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Pause to remember His body broken for you, His blood spilled for you. Remember His promises made and kept. May your remembrance lead to your rejoicing in our worthy Savior!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Samuel 9:1-11:27

New Testament 

John 15:1-27

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 119:53-70

Proverbs 16:1-3

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1 Corinthians 11:24

May 25

…and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you..."

Communion is a memorial meal that looks back to celebrate Christ’s victory on the cross and looks forward to the day when we drink anew with Him in His kingdom (Matthew 26:29).

Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples the night before Calvary. In the same way that He broke the bread, His body would be cruelly shattered for us.

For us! He was bloodied and wounded, battered and pierced, bruised and crushed. Those 39 lashes that lacerated His back bought our healing, for “…by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). He took our suffering, weaknesses, sicknesses, and disease, and He carried them all away.

Christ gave us victory over sickness and disease. We can now lay hold of divine healing through His work on the cross. He is the Lord that heals us (Exodus 15:26).

Jesus gave sight to the blind, caused the lame to leap, opened up deaf ears, loosened mute tongues, healed long-term diseases, and even raised the dead. Our Savior is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He will do for us what He did for those long-ago seekers.

As you take the communion wafer, remember and accept the healing that His sacrifice won. His body was broken for you.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. He was hurt, so you can be healed. He was wounded, so you can be whole. He was punished, so you can find peace. Find healing in the Savior Who was broken for you.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Samuel 7:1-8:18

New Testament 

John 14:15-31

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 119:36-52

Proverbs 15:33

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1 Corinthians 11:23-24

May 24

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it

On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus shared the Passover meal with His disciples. There, He instituted the beautiful practice of communion which we still share thousands of years later.

That evening, as He stood in the very shadow of the cross, as He tore the bread that would forever symbolize His broken body, He gave thanks. Knowing that He was destined for the cross, He gave thanks.

He often expressed thanks throughout His earthly voyage. When he held up a boy’s meager lunch, He gave thanks as He broke the bread and divided the fish to feed more than 5000 people before collecting the leftovers.

As He wept outside the tomb of His dear friend, Lazarus, He paused to pray, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me” (John 11:41). Moments later, He called His dead friend back to the land of the living and into the arms of his grateful sisters.

The spirit of gratitude released the miracle-working power of God in each situation. Are you navigating a storm or trudging through a dark valley? Find a place of prayer, and offer thanks to God. Your gratitude will invite His presence, provision, and power into every area of brokenness.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Come into His presence with thanksgiving. May worship flow from your heart, for He is good and greatly to be praised.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Samuel 4:1-6:23

New Testament 

John 13:31-14:14

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 119:17-35

Proverbs 15:31-32

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Hebrews 9:14

May 23

…how much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Some purport that we are all on the same road headed for the same destination, that there are many ways to God.

But His Word tells a different – and true – story! Jesus decisively proclaimed that He is the only way, truth, and life. No one can approach the Father without Jesus taking us there (John 14:6).

Is God’s heart so hard that He will not show mercy if someone weeps remorsefully at the day of judgment? Can we prevail upon God for forgiveness then? Not if we reject the sacrifice of Jesus and His cleansing blood now.

What if we donate all of our money to feed and shelter the poor? Our church membership, good standing in the community, and sterling reputations cannot earn us places in heaven. Without faith in Jesus and the work of the cross, our most shining deeds are like filthy rags. We are decaying leaves whose wickedness, like the wind, carries us far away from God’s favor (Isaiah 64:6).

The tomb of Jesus is empty. Angels rolled away the stone – not to let Jesus out, but to let us enter – so we could see that God has accepted His sacrifice. The only way to meet the Father is through the blood of Jesus.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the blood of Jesus cover you and keep you until our righteous Lamb returns as the reigning Lion. Hallelujah!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Samuel 2:12-3:39

New Testament 

John 13:1-30

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 119:1-16

Proverbs 15:29-30

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Colossians 1:19-20

May 22

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself … whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the Blood of His Cross.

Only the blood of Jesus – only the blood of His cross – reconciles us to the Father. Only His blood makes peace between us and God.

When the Nile River turned into blood in the first plague of Egypt, every stream ran red and the water in every vessel in every home turned to blood. That blood did not save us.

When Solomon dedicated the Temple, he sacrificed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So much blood – but those offerings could not wash away their sins.

The Roman army surrounded Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The city was decimated, the Temple was destroyed, and over one million people, mostly Jews, were killed. Their blood could not bring us into right relationship with God.

The only blood that can remove the stain of sin from our souls is the blood of the Lamb of God slain for the redemption of many. With heaven and earth watching, Emmanuel bled His life away. From His head, His hands, His feet, His brow, and His side, His blood poured out for each one of us.

Only His blood bought our forgiveness, our hope, our future, and everlasting life.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Praise Him Whose blood bought your forgiveness and cleanses you from all unrighteousness. Serve Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and body. He bled for you.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11

New Testament 

John 12:20-50

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 118:19-29

Proverbs 15:27-28

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Hebrews 9:12

May 21

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own Blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

A scarlet stream flows through Scripture. It begins at the gates of Genesis and courses through to the end of Revelation.

The stream was set in motion when Adam and Eve sinned at the beginning, and God shed the blood of innocent animals to provide covering for them (Genesis 3:21). Later, God accepted Abel’s blood sacrifice, but Cain’s offering was rejected (Genesis 4:5).

Six centuries passed, and the stream resurfaced when Noah’s first act following the flood was to worship God with the offering of sacrificial animals (Genesis 8:20). Years later, God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son. Even as Abraham lifted the knife, God spared Isaac and provided a ram for the altar instead.

Four centuries passed, and the stream rolled on in the story of Moses. On the night that the Israelites escaped Egypt, the blood over the doorpost of their homes spared their firstborn sons.

To usher in the new covenant, Jesus shed His blood once and for all. Destined to die from the foundations of the world, He became the scapegoat for our sin, the ultimate and final sacrifice.

Today, we remember that crimson, cleansing tide every time we participate in communion. This, we will do until He comes again. Only then will the scarlet stream reach its final destination.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. The blood of Jesus is our provision, power, protection, and Passover. May you abide under its scarlet stream.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13

New Testament 

John 11:54-12:19

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 118:1-18

Proverbs 15:24-26

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Matthew 26:27-28

May 20

Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My Blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."

When Adam took of the forbidden fruit in the beginning, his bloodline was tainted with sin. He died from blood poisoning. Thousands of years later, the virus of sin still thrives in the blood of every person who has not come to Christ.

The only solution for eternal death is a Blood transfusion from the Savior of all humankind. When we participate in communion, we remember the sacrifice given to wash away our sins and initiate a new covenant and new way of living. We symbolically take in the supernatural, life-changing Blood of Jesus that drives out the virus.

When we participate in holy communion, Satan must hang his head. He knows that he has lost us to the Lamb. In the same way that the lamb’s blood over the Israelites’ doorposts forced the death angel to pass over those homes, the Blood of the Lamb over the doorpost of our souls makes us untouchable to the prince of darkness.

As we come to the table with our brothers and sisters, the Blood of Christ unites His body. He mediated a new covenant so that we might receive the promise of eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15).

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you gather with the body of Christ to remember His sacrifice until He comes again. Celebrate His Blood and body broken for you.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Samuel 26:1-28:25

New Testament 

John 11:1-53

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 117:1-2

Proverbs 15:22-23

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Leviticus 17:11

May 19

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.

God instituted animal sacrifice to make atonement for the sinful souls of humanity in the Old Testament, but a river of blood from bulls, rams, goats, and turtledoves could not save us.

Christ alone redeemed us from the curse of the Law through the shedding of His Blood (Galatians 3:13)! Only His Blood could atone for us. We are not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold or the dead-end traditions of the past. No! We were bought with the priceless Blood of the perfect Lamb (1 Peter 1:18-19). The Innocent died so the guilty could go free!

In our physical bodies, bones, muscles, organs, tendons, and nerves are set in place. The blood, though, is ever moving. It circulates through the body about every 20 seconds carrying oxygen, nutrients, and cleansing power. Life is in our blood. When a nurse touches our wrists, she is looking for the pulse created by moving blood. No pulse indicates death.

In the body of Christ, His Blood circulates to give us life, to connect and empower us individually and corporately. Without His Blood, we can expect deprivation and death. True life is found only in the Blood of Jesus.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Rejoice that His crimson Blood washed away your blackest sin to make you white as snow. Live in the power of that life-giving flood!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Samuel 24:1-25:44

New Testament 

John 10:22-42

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 116:1-19

Proverbs 15:20-21

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Ephesians 1:7

May 18

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…

We have been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Our sins have been forgiven, and we are accepted in the Beloved. Oh, the riches of God’s grace!

Colossians 2:14 says that He “wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us.” The impossible-to-uphold Law is the handwriting that stands against us. One broken statute meant we were fully guilty.

“Handwriting” was the term used for the signature on an IOU, a document that acknowledged a debt we could not pay. But Jesus signed our IOU at the Cross.

An ancient method existed for indicating a paid-in-full debt. A person could cross out the writing on the IOU or strike through it with a nail. Jesus’ nail-pierced hands crossed out the judgment against us.

Picture your long list of sins written down for all to see. Can you see the nail pounded through Jesus’ hand to the list beneath? Can you see the stream of His Blood washing away the record that stood against you?

Our sins never to be remembered again. Our names recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Our filthy rags traded for spotless robes of righteousness. Destined to live in mansions prepared by the Architect of the Ages. Redeemed by His precious Blood!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the Blood of Jesus purge from all sin, purify from all unrighteousness, awaken to His purposes, and draw a circle of protection around you. Rejoice in the power of His Blood!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Samuel 22:1-23:29

New Testament 

John 10:1-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 115:1-18

Proverbs 15:18-19

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