The Bread and the Cup

The Bread and the CupFinal day of freedom,

prior to the great test;

time spent with disciples,

the ones who knew Him best.

Together they gathered,

in the large upper room;

to share a final meal,

His demise would come soon.

Jesus in His great love,

broke bread and lifted up;

said, “eat and remember,

as you gather to sup.”

In the very same way,

after bread took the cup,

“My blood poured out for you,

a new covenant trust.”

They could not truly grasp,

all that Christ was saying;

His heart heavy with grief,

for what He’d been praying.

Despite the great sorrow,

He did willingly choose;

to lay down His own life,

so ours we wouldn’t lose.

As we gather, recall,

the price we could not pay;

for the bread and the cup,

all our sin washed away.

(Responding to Luke 22:19-20)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to make the way for us to live. Thank You Jesus, for giving Your life for mine, though I deserve it not. Please forgive us for all that we do that is not pleasing to You, and help us to remember with grateful hearts, the greatest gift we have ever been given – eternal life in You. Teach us to embrace Your grace all the more, so that we may live boldly for You, loving as You love, and allowing Your light to shine brightly through us. May many come to know the glorious gift of Your sacrifice, and may they receive all that You have to offer. Let us honor You with all that we say and do, and may our love be a pleasing offering unto You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Beheld as His Beloved

“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord.  I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be my people.” – Hebrews 8:10

image by Esoteric Quotes

image by Esoteric Quotes

“This new plan I’m making with Israel (all who choose to believe) isn’t going to be written on paper, it isn’t going to be chiseled in stone; this time I’m writing out the plan in them, carving it on the lining of their hearts.  I’ll be their God, they’ll be My people.” – (The Message)

The new covenant is ours to behold, because of the blessed birth of Jesus.  His entry into earthly existence, provided a permanent path for us to seek and find our Savior.  Jesus’ arrival made way for the impossible to fulfill old covenant, to be replaced with one that is attainable and accessible, as we are instructed and empowered by His Holy Spirit.  As Jesus hung on the cross, carrying all of our sin and shame, He broke down the barrier and tore the temple veil in two, making way for each of us to enter the inner courts and soak in the sweet and permanent presence of our Savior.

His death, resurrection and ascension to the Almighty’s right hand, made possible the sending of His Spirit to not only lead and guide us as He dwells in us, but to write the promises of our Provider on our hearts and in our minds.  In doing so, He has provided the new covenant, the new agreement between we and He, that He is our God, and we are His people.  This covenant is not earned, but instead is a gift that has been freely given, and is ready for each of us to access and accept.  The most important take away that we are meant to lay hold of, is that we are His!  He not only calls us friends, but He, the God of the whole universe, who is and was and will always be, calls us His kids.  He claims each of us as His beloved sons and daughters.  What a remarkable inheritance we have in Him!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son and made the way for the new covenant that calls us Your kids – not because it is our birthright or because we have somehow earned it, but because You have chosen and created each one of us as Your dearly beloved children.  Forgive us for trying to revert to the old covenant by which we might try to earn our inheritance through doing or being enough, and instead, please lead us and guide us to receive what You have given by Your Spirit, so that we might be confident in the new covenant that You have granted every heart that believes.  As we cherish the new covenant this Christmas season, please teach us to lay hold of our inheritance so that we might clearly hear what You are writing in the hollows of our hearts.  Help us to act according to that which You ask, and may we represent You, our loving Father, well.  May our words and deeds clearly reflect Your redeeming love and lead the lost into Your eternal embrace.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present