Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 14, 2018

“this is My body.” – “This is My blood” – “This is the work of God”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 14:12-31.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+14&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“As they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me—one who is eating with Me.”  They began to be grieved and to say to Him one by one, “Surely not I?”  And He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who dips with Me in the bowl.  For the Son of Man is to go just as it is written of Him;  but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!  It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it;  this is My body.”  And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.  Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

And Jesus *said to them, “You will all fall away, because it is written, ‘I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP SHALL BE SCATTERED.’  But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”  But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away, yet I will not.”  And Jesus *said to him, “Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times.”  But Peter kept saying insistently, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”  And they all were saying the same thing also.”  Mark 14:18-31.

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One (Judas) betrayed Jesus.

One (Peter) denied Jesus.

They all left Jesus and fled.

And yet, other doctrine bases its trust in man, man’s free-will, man’s wisdom, man’s goodness, and man’s works.

But, Reformed Doctrine bases its trust in God, God’s will, God’s wisdom. God’s goodness, and God’s works.

When you go to church today, are you going to hear about man and what man should do?

Or, are you going to hear about God and what God has done?

“While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it;  this is My body.”  And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”  Verses 22-24.

“Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”  Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”  So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You?  What work do You perform?  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness;  as it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”  Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”  John 6:28-33.


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