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It’s Bigger Than That

Weekly Devotionals

It’s Bigger Than That

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”—Ephesians 1:7

Just yesterday, I served communion to the people of Jubilee Church for my first time. I have done this many times before in other churches and youth groups, so I was familiar with the privilege of helping people join together in something that brings everyone’s collective focus to the work of Christ on the cross for our sins.

But, giving bread and juice? It’s much bigger than that.

As I was standing there holding the juice and people were quickly moving through the line to dip their bread cube, it seemed like I couldn’t get the words: “This is the blood of Christ shed for your sins”, out before the next person was already stepping away from our station.

The point of Jesus telling His disciples to remember was not to simply commit it to memory. It was to let the truth and weight of His death for us affect us deeply—to transform us.

It’s much bigger than that.

And it hit me so deeply, as the number of people had passed through, that the juice didn’t just represent Christ’s blood, but it represented what the shedding of that blood produced. And that, my friends, is redemption through the forgiveness of sins. All the sins of every person stopping to partake of these elements were forgiven completely.

I sensed the Spirit was shifting my attention to something more than a remembrance or a tradition or a church practice. Rather, I was becoming overwhelmed by the idea of God’s grace being lavished on them. This word “lavish” implies an extravagant quantity is at hand—too numerous to even keep track of! I couldn’t even get words out for some people because instead of considering the number of sins forgiven, it was God’s grace being lavished on each person that was getting to me.

Paul wrote to the Romans highlighting this same beautiful truth. He said, “the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.”

Because the grace of God, lavished on us all through the redemption of His blood, is much bigger than any amount of sins we could ever commit.

Next time you consider our time of communion and reflect on what you see, remember that truly, it’s much bigger than that.