Summary: Communion message, 2nd in series of communion messages looking at the meal/Jesus through the eyes of various people.
COMMUNION THROUGH THE EYES OF PETER 3 12
“Do this in remembrance of Me”. What is it we are to remember about Jesus? What is this memorial meal to remind us of? This morning, let’s talk to Peter and ask him what jumps out at him, what he remembers about Jesus.
In 1 Corinthians, Paul says that we are to examine ourselves before we share in this meal, so that we do not do so unworthily. Let’s ask Peter of his memories and use those to prompt our own self-examinations.
Peter, if all of the heavens were paper and all the oceans made of ink, there would not be enough to record all that Jesus has done, but what are the things about the life and ministry of Jesus that specifically come to mind when you think of Him?
I. I REMEMBER THE DAY HE CALLED ME
I had been with Jesus before. I had heard Him teach before. I saw how He interacted with the Samaritan woman. I had seen Him interacting with the crowds, but this day was different.
… explain Jesus teaching that day, crowds pressing, getting into the boat, etc.
We had been fishing all night, worn out, …
We caught so many fish that we could barely handle them all.
It was on that day that my eyes were opened and I realized that I was dealing with someone Who was unique and different …
** My friend, do you remember the day Jesus called you? Have you come before Him and admitted that you too are a sinner, that you cannot save yourself and that you need His help and His salvation?
II. I REMEMBER HOW QUICK HE IS TO HELP ME EVEN WHEN I DISAPPOINT HIM
Tell what happened.
I took my eyes off of Jesus and began looking at the storm and the waves and the stuff going on around me and I said, “This is impossible.” I forgot that all things are possible through Him.
I began looking at the difficulties and began to sink. I called Him and even though I had disappointed Him again, He helped me. He saved Me.
My friend, have you become discouraged, depressed or disillusioned? I want you to know that Jesus will answer your prayer, that He will respond to your cry today, just as He did to Peter’s so long ago.
Before we share in this memorial meal together, would you say, “Lord. I’ve taken my eyes off of You. I’m seeing the hardships, the obstacles and the difficulties and have forgotten about Your strength, Your power, Your love, and Your faithfulness. Lord Jesus, please forgive me for my doubts …
I remember the day He called me. I remember how quick He is to help, even when I disappoint Him.
III. I REMEMBER HOW QUICKLY I CAN FALL.
Tell of interview and interaction. Jesus was pleased at what God had revealed to Peter and I imagine Peter was pleased that he seemed to be growing as a follower, but then he stumbled.
I put my will, and my plans, and my desires ahead of God’s plan. I got out of His will. …
Let me ask you this morning my friend, is your primary goal to please Jesus? Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness …”