1998-03-20 - The Lord's Supper
1 Corinthians 11:24-27(NKJV) And when He had given thanks,
He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you;
do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after
supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often
as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread
and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. Therefore
whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner
will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord
Christmas Eve I was out of town and took my two oldest children to a Church
for a Christmas Eve service. Toward the end of the service Communion or the
Lord's Supper was served. As the Church's Elders were administering the
sacrament, some disturbing events took place. The most disturbing was when
a male Elder, who was back to back with a female Elder as they were passing
the bread, leaned back and patted her on the rear. They both were giggling
and carrying on. This really took away from me the meaning of the Lord's
Supper that night and was a horrible example for my kids.
Let's look at seven points to remember about the Lord's Supper.
It is a Divine Command. Christ said, "Do this" We should be breaking
down the church doors whenever communion is served at our church. To neglect
to observe this sacrament is to be disobedient to God's will.
It is a Blessed Privilege. The table we come to is the Lord's
table, not ours. Jesus is our host. Think about it, we who killed Him are
invited to His table by His grace. We who sin against Him and dishonor Him
are welcome to His table. What a privilege we have!
It is a Necessary Memorial. The Lord's Supper reminds us of the
cost of our Salvation. It reminds us of the price Christ paid for us. It
reminds us of HIS faithfulness to go to the Cross in our place. We should
be hanging from the Cross not Christ.
It is a Willing Testimony. By taking part in a Communion service,
we are willingly testifying to others our belief in Jesus Christ being the
Savior of the World and our personal Savior.
It is a Humbling Confession. We are confessing that we can not
save ourselves. We are not worthy of His Grace. We are admitting that without
Christ we are nothing. The Lord's supper is for imperfect people, perfect
people don't need it.
It is an Act of Faith. The Lord's Supper not only looks
back to the Cross, but it also looks forward to the Crown. Forward to His
return. Our hope is in His return. When Jesus left the table, He went out
to die for us. His disciples went out only to deny Him, to be prayerless,
and to desert him. We do the same.
It is an Awesome Warning. To eat the bread and drink of the cup
in an unworthy manner carries a grave warning in verse 27. Please note, this
verse does not say if we are unworthy then we should not partake in the
sacrament. We are ALL unworthy. Verse 27 is saying do not treat the Lord's
Supper as a mere ritual. Never be nonchalant or make a mockery of the elements.
Do not be frivolous and careless, but rather focused and committed.
My prayer for you is that the Lord's Supper will take on a new meaning for
you. The next time you participate in Communion, hold the bread in your hand
and think about what Christ has done for you. Pray fervently for the forgiveness
of your sins and become worthy to partake in the sacrament in a worthy manner.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
It is HIS faithfulness that saved us, not ours.