On October 11, 1994, NASA’s Magellan space explorer fell silent. It had circled Venus more than 15,000 times in a four year span, but on that day NASA reprogrammed the satellite’s course so that it would turn toward the planet and burn to a crisp in the atmosphere. Why would NASA destroy a $900 million spacecraft? It had run out of power. One final experiment had drained its batteries to where it could no longer transmit data. When the power goes out of even the highest technology, it’s worthless. This satellite was designed for a specific purpose and sent on its way. The satellite completed the mission and was still in good shape so it could have continued its mission; but since this satellite was millions of miles away from earth, NASA had no way to repower it so it could continue its mission.
Compare this with the Voyager 1 spacecraft launched in 1977. It was designed to last 5 years. It accomplished its mission of studying Jupiter and Saturn. It was so reliable that every few years they kept giving it new missions. Almost 40 years later it is still on mission, transmitting data as the only man-made object in interstellar space.
God has not designed us for a short burst of being on a mission for Him; that is why we are all still here, we still have a mission. We are not to be like the Magellan spacecraft, sent for a purpose for a few years, only to run out of energy and burn up. We are to be like the Voyager spacecraft; accomplish its mission with vim & vigor and still have enough energy to seek out new mission after new mission when they are accomplished. Voyager is getting older, because of its limitations they have to shut down some of its systems in order to conserve its energy usage, but they still use the abilities that Voyager has to accomplish new missions. Like us, we can’t do as much as we used to because of age or inabilities. But until the Lord takes us to be home with Him, we all have missions to accomplish in life by using the abilities and energy that we still have.
Unlike these spacecraft which are far away, we can plug into our energy source and get re-energized for the work we have to do. When we gather together for a church service, we are not just to be at church, but to get re-energized by participating in worshipping the Lord together and hear what the Lord would speak to us through the Biblical teaching and worship. Individually, we are to get re-energized by reading the Bible for ourselves and to spend time in prayer so we can connect directly to the energy source of God.
And we are to remember. Remember all that Jesus did for us. The only begotten Son of God the Father came as a helpless baby. He lived a perfect, spotless life. Even as a child He taught people the ways of God. But He was betrayed by one of His closest friends. He was bullied and abused by His captors; yet He never complained. He knew that God’s plan for His life was to suffer physical pain. He accepted the will of God the Father for His life, even when he suffered a torturous death by hanging on a cross. On the third day he arose from the grave, still with the wounds in his hands and feet. He sought the disciples, comforting and teaching them. He even forgave Peter, who had denied Him three times. The disciples saw Jesus taken directly to Heaven, and He remains at the right hand of God the Father.
We take communion regularly to remember the sacrifice that Jesus gave for us. 1 Cor. 11:23-25 says “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
The bread represents Jesus’ body that lived a perfect life, yet had to die a cruel death on a wooden cross. The drink represents His blood that flowed, because it is only by His blood that our sins can be forgiven.
It is a holy moment; it is not to be taken lightly. 1 Cor. 11:29 says; For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. You do need to be a Christian in order to have Communion. It is one of two sacraments of the church; Jesus himself said that we are to take it in remembrance of Him. If you are not a Christian, do not participate in Communion so that there will be no judgment upon you. If you want to participate with others, first accept the sacrifice that Jesus gave for you also. Ask Jesus to come into your life as your Lord and Savior, confess to someone nearby that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord & Savior and also believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the grave on the third day. Then please, join others in your church to thank the Lord in this holy remembrance of what Jesus did for us.
When you take Communion, remember all that Jesus did for us and get re-energized in doing the Lord’s work with the abilities you have.