The Sacrifice
by PamFord Davis

Bible passages sometimes trigger memories of influential people in our lives. Having experienced such moments this morning, I write in the memory of Martha Wennerberg.

Martha and I worked together in the Women’s Missionary Union of First Baptist Church of Defuniak Springs. She once served as Secretary of national WMU; I will be sharing a link to a death announcement (2008) at the close of this article. First, I share the Bible verses that spurred this message.

“As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take and eat it; this is My body.’ Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, ‘Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. But I tell you, from this moment I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in My Father’s kingdom with you.’ After singing psalms, they went out to the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:26-30 HCSB).”

I recall Martha once sharing information about new language Bible translations; groups painstakingly translated the Old and New Testaments into languages of unreached people groups. She said translators (possibly Wycliffe) had to overcome a major obstacle when translating the above scripture passage.  It implied that Jesus commanded cannibalism. He did not.

As Baptists, we partake of Communion-the Lord’s Supper, (cup & the bread) in remembrance of Him. He died on the cross, offering His body, His blood as a sacrifice for our sin. He is risen!

Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.

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