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What Shall I Consider While Taking The Lord’s Supper?

March 9, 2014 1 comment

Lord Supper Focused Worship Slide

Acts 20:7 gives all Christians everywhere the example of when to participate in commemorating the supper of our Lord, “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread…”.  In accordance to the Scriptures this local church partakes in the remembering of our Lord, Jesus, each first day of the week.  On this day we will devote more than our usual amount of time  to our Lord’s sacrifice for us.  The hope of the elders, and myself, is to help each of us consider the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice in our everyday lives.  I fear that for many Christians, the Lord Supper can become mundane  and lose the importance it deserves.  The commemoration, the recreation of the last supper of our Lord is not and should not ever be viewed or taken as just a tradition or ritual.  It is not a box that needs to be checked off each first day.  It is an honor to share in the “communion of the body of Christ” and “the communion of the blood of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:16).  This word “communion” means “unity, a close relationship”.  That means that when we take the bread and the fruit of the vine each first day of the week we are coming into a union or closer relationship with our Lord and Savior.

I understand that things happen, distractions occur and our minds easily wander.  I also understand that some of us may not feel equipped with the understanding of what to think about during this time.  Please allow me to assist.  The following are 3 commands from Scripture that help us with what to focus on as we take the Lord’s Supper.

1)      Remember the Sacrifice & Debt Paid On Your Behalf (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25)

2)      Examine Yourself (1 Corinthians 11:28-29)

3)      See It As Your Proclamation of The Lord’s Death (1 Corinthians 11:26)

1 Corinthians 11:29 says, “For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.” (NASB)  Not only this morning, but every first day of the week let us focus our whole hearts, souls and minds to the death of Christ.  Woe to the one that treats this remembrance as a routine part of their worship.  The entire reason we come together on the first day is because of Jesus’ sacrifice (Colossians 1:14).  The whole reason we have hope of eternal life is because Jesus shed His blood(Ephesians 2:13).  The entire reason God forgives our sins is because Jesus blood blotted out our sins (Hebrews 9:12).  Today and every first day may we make sure we are rightly judging the body of Christ.  Let us meditate on Jesus, who He is, why He came to earth, the life that He lived and the death He endured for our forgiveness and salvation.  Jesus should mean everything to us but not only today during this moment, but every day we are blessed to have breath of life.

This morning it is my prayer that each of us will begin to show a greater respect for the supper of our Lord.   His supper should be our communion with Him.  It should be our acknowledgment that we have no hope without Him, and that because of His sacrifice we have the Father’s mercy and grace.  May these things help you consider your proper mindset while you take of the Lord’s Supper.

(Originally published in the Pleasant Plains church of Christ 02.23.2014 bulletin)

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