Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld


'And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.' Luke 22:15


On a Sunday morning we share the bread and wine as part of our weekly communion service. It is often the richest meeting of the week - quiet, deep and peaceful.


Yesterday morning was no exception, and although our time of prayer was shorter than normal, I found there came a very strong sense of the person of Christ with us just at the communion part.


In my own personal readings that morning I had come across these words from RM McCheyne:

'If the table has been sweet today what will it be when Jesus comes again to receive us to Himself.'


It's a lovely thought. The sweetness of His presence that we knew in those few moments yesterday morning will be as nothing when we see Him face to face. Then, we will not only feel the quiet presence for a moment but for eternity. We will be surrounded by it, enveloped in it and saturated by it. It will be beyond words. What a day that will be!


Therefore, until that day comes, let us prepare ourselves and make ourselves ready by the choices that we make and by the way we live our Christian life keeping this hope always before us that one day we will be with Him.


'Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.'

1 John 3:2-3