MARANATHA - 2/18/08
NEW MARANATHACOMMUNION MEDITATION
The account of the Lord’s Supper is written in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and 1st Corinthians. The Apostle Paul who was not present at the time Jesus instituted this memorial feast had more to say about it than those who were present. Yet, what Paul said is just as true as the report of the others who were there, because he introduces his account with the explanation, “I received of the Lord which also I delivered unto you.”
Here is one of the statements Paul records that the other accounts do not mention, “As often as you eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord’s death till He come.”
Since the account in Luke and 1st Corinthians includes the statement of Jesus, “This do in remembrance of me,” it is important to remember as we eat of the bread and drink of the cup, the Lord Himself said, “If I go I come again.”
Paul adds a poignant thought to the return of Jesus at the end of his epistle in 1st Corinthians when he says, “Maranatha,” which means our Lord is coming.
Oh there is much to make us sad, in this dark world of ours;
The serpents trail is often seen amongst the fairest flowers
But we should never yield to grief, or falling hopeless lie
We will fling our banners to the breeze and Maranatha cry.
What though the hosts of hell be strong and bold in what they say
The Lord of hosts is on our side, we are sure to win the day;
The victor of the cross and tomb is seated now on high;
We will fling our banner to the breeze and Maranatha cry. (Author unknown)