In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus described the sufferings He was going to go through as a cup. The cup that He drank symbolically represents our sin, death and all its consequences. Jesus was the sin-bearer, our great redeemer.
There is another cup that we now partake of, and it’s the cup we drink during communion. This cup symbolically represents the new covenant in His blood. As often as we drink it, we remember the cup the Lord drank for us. As we remember what He has done for us, we receive the provisions obtained for our benefit. Communion is not something we partake of because we are worthy or perfect, but to receive all that belongs to us in Christ by faith. When we fall short of His glory, we commune with Him and partake of His glory. When we go through things that are a result of our sinful nature, we remember the divine nature we have in Him.
When we go through suffering, we can relate to what the Lord went through; and He knows what we are going through because He endured it. He gave us the victory over suffering. It is finished. He carried our sorrows and sicknesses. He drank our cup for us and we can now rejoice in the power of His resurrection, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 11:25 “In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ ”
When we find ourselves at a breaking point in our lives, we find God has a breakthrough for us. God uses what might appear to break us by putting us in a place of helplessness for His anointing to break out with new intensity.
When everything around us seems to be falling apart, including ourselves, the only place to go is the feet of Jesus. In that place of surrendering everything to Him and pouring out our hearts, He removes whatever it is in us that could be keeping His life from flowing out of our hearts. We are closest to our breakthrough when we feel the farthest away from it. The greatest breakthrough is not the bill that has been paid, the relationship that now works or whatever material need that has been met.
The greatest breakthrough is the breaking forth of Christ’s life in and through us as it transforms us and gives us freedom. As a result, the trials we are in and what surrounds us changes. When chains are broken inwardly, there can no longer be chains outwardly. In Christ, we are constantly stepping forward even when we might think we are stepping backwards.
The Lord gave thanks, broke the bread, and distributed it. When we experience brokenness, we give thanks unto the Lord for preparing us to be vessels He distributes His life through, from glory to glory!
Mark 8:6 “So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.”
God’s presence is often detected in the details of our lives. When we take the time to look for Him, we find He is there, always. He can be seen on the scene of every happening in our lives.
God saw Moses turn aside to observe the supernatural manifestation of the burning bush and then God spoke to him, calling him from the midst of the bush. When we take the time to turn aside to pay attention to the Lord’s presence, we can expect God to communicate with us in greater ways. When we draw nigh unto Him, He draws nigh unto us. Communication is directly linked to communion. God knows how to get our attention and will continue until we pay attention to Him. When we turn to Him for every need, we find His word feeds us, indeed.
Our God sees us seek Him and delights in being found. We seek Him until we see Him. We see Him in the small things and often in unexpected ways. Distractions come to try to take us aside and steal our time to turn aside. By God’s grace, we can stay tuned into the voice of the Lord. We look to Him, from glory to glory!
Exodus 3:3 “Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ ”