One by One

The other day I had the opportunity to go visit another ward for a church assignment. As the sacrament was being passed I watched the priesthood brethren give the sacrament to the members of the ward one at a time.  I started pondering how significant that was. Surely there was a better, more efficient or quicker way to get the sacrament to the members.

But efficiency isn’t the point. The sacrament is all about the one. It is all about the opportunity we have each week to do just as the Nephites did when Christ appeared unto them after his death.

And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.

And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:

Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.

– 3 Nephi 11:15-17

sacrament cups
We are given this same opportunity every Sunday. We get to each partake of the Sacrament personally for ourselves one by one. We get to come before the Savior personally. We have the opportunity to handle and touch with our own hands the bread representing his body just as they physically touched the prints of the nails in his hands and feet. We get to physically touch, taste and partake of the water in symbolism of the blood which he shed for us. It is an actual, individual, physical experience that we get to have every Sabbath day in remembrance of him.He knew it wasn’t enough to just think about the sacrament, or talk about it. We needed to physically experience it. Every single week. We needed to come and touch him, remembering what he has done for us. Hopefully we personally experience it in our hearts, that sense of wonder and amazement that he suffered personally for every living soul. You and Me. Having that humbling realization will hopefully brings us to our knees in gratitude and worship on His Sabbath Day as we partake of His emblems.He knows that we need that physical reminder and so he still invites us to approach him, and to touch him one by one.

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