Crucified from the Foundation of the world
Do you like to plan? or are you one who likes to shot from the hip?
I think we don’t generally like to plan because it takes effort and discipline.
So I think when we consider communion and what it represents we often forget that Christ’s death and resurrection was all planned eons ago.
takes about the … Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
So this morning I wanted to bring a picture from the Psalms that illustrates this.
is written by David and is a prophetic vision of Christ on the cross. But I want to focus on vs 6.
But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
The worm spoken of here is the “Toleah” or the “coccus ilicus” worm. Of all the worms on earth God choose to use this one to illustrate something for us. You the scarlet or crimson color came from the died body of the “coccus ilicis” worm. It get more interesting when you learn about the “coccus” worm’s life cycle. ”
"When the female of the scarlet worm species was ready to give birth to her young, she would attach her body to the trunk of a tree, fixing herself so firmly and permanently that she would never leave again. The eggs deposited beneath her body were thus protected until the larvae were hatched and able to enter their own life cycle. As the mother died, the crimson fluid stained her body and the surrounding wood. From the dead bodies of such female scarlet worms, the commercial scarlet dyes of antiquity were extracted. What a picture this gives of Christ, dying on the tree, shedding his precious blood that he might 'bring many sons unto glory' (Hbr 2:10)! He died for us, that we might live through him! describes such a worm and gives us this picture of Christ. (cf. )" (Henry Morris. Biblical Basis for Modern Science, Baker Book House, 1985, p. 73)
God has a plan and we are all part of it. So let us receive His Body and Blood represented by this bread and grape juice with thankful hearts.