Lenten Devotional for March 21

The Heartbeat of Jesus

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1 Corinthians 11:23-26

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this to remember me.”
—1 Corinthians 11:25

Reflect:

Overhead lights reflected through the tiny glass cup into the Communion grape juice. I was visiting a church where we waited until all were served to drink the juice together. Thinking about Jesus, I prayed silently and held the little glass. Then I noticed there were ripples from my pulse rolling through the Communion juice; my heartbeats were pulsing in the symbolic blood of Jesus. Then I thought, by what other way than his own people would Jesus’ presence be pulsed into this world? This Life pulses through his servants to feed, heal, witness, care for, teach, and bring others Christ’s living love.

Since that experience, at every Communion I hold the tiny cup an extra moment to watch the grape juice ripple with the pulse from my hand, a reminder that Jesus once had such a heartbeat here on earth and that his life continues to pulse through you and through me.
—Charley Elise Bland*

Pray:

Our Father in heaven, thank you for sharing Jesus with us. Help us to serve him by being living branches of witness and love for others. Amen.

Respond:

Picture yourself in the upper room with Jesus on the night before his crucifixion. Which of his final actions surprise you? Which comfort you?


Credits: *From The Upper Room daily devotional guide. Copyright ©2004. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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