Thursday, April 18, 2019

Watts: Communion with Christ and with saints

Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Maundy Thursday
    Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
    —1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NIV)
Jesus invites His saints
    To meet around His board;
Here pardon’d rebels sit and hold
    Communion with their Lord.

For food He give His flesh,
    He bids us drink His blood;
Amazing favor! matchless grace—
    Of our descending God!

This holy bread and wine
    Maintain our fainting breath,
By union with our living Lord
    And interest in His death.

Let all our pow’rs be join’d
    His glorious name to raise;
Pleasure and love fill ev’ry mind,
    And ev’ry voice be praise.
    ... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymns and Spiritual Songs [1707], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, book III, hymn 2, p. 475 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 10:16-17; Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:46; 1 Cor. 11:23-26
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have pardoned my rebellion against You.

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