Remember the Sacrifice

Remember the Sacrifice

 

1 Corinthians 11:23-32 (ESV) ~ For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when 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 also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
 
  1. Elements for Communion
    1. The Bread
      1. Note that Christ says, “Take, eat: this is my body”. The word is has the meaning of representing or identifying as well as of substance.
      2. Note that Christ says, “which is broken for you”. This refers to the death, the bruising, and the suffering of Christ. He died for us, as our substitute.
  • Nor that Christ says, “This do in remembrance of me.” This means much more that just recalling the death of Christ. It means we must actively stir our minds and meditate upon Christ.
  1. The bread was to represent the body of Christ that died on the Cross for our sins. He suffered many abuses on His way to the Cross. His body was in rough shape on the Cross. He suffered on the Cross. He gave His all for us.
  1. The Cup
    1. Note that Christ says, “This cup is the new testament in my blood”. It is a symbol of the new covenant and a symbol of the blood of Christ.
    2. Note also that as Christ is passing the cup of the new testament, this is symbolic of God establishing a new covenant with His people, not one with the blood of bulls and goats, but the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God!
  • Note that Christ says, “This do ye, as oft as ye drink it.” Very simply, Christ is telling us to do as He was doing in celebrating His Last Supper: set a time aside, take it, bless it, and partake of it.
  1. Note that Christ says, “In remembrance of me.” The Lord’s Supper has one purpose and ONLY one purpose: focus attention upon the Lord. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is not to be a time of fellowshipping and feasting.
  1. Proper Attitude for Communion
    1. Paul makes a very clear point in the scripture, there are two ways someone could take the Lord’s Supper:
      1. Unworthily
        1. By taking the Lord’s Supper in envying and strife (1 Cor. 11:18)
        2. By taking the Lord’s Supper to commemorate a mere historical fact (1 Cor. 11:19)
        3. By taking the Lord’s Supper in gluttony and drunkenness (1 Cor. 11:21-22)
        4. By taking the Lord’s Supper in irreverence to God and His church (1 Cor. 11:22)
        5. By taking the Lord’s Supper in disrespect to the poor and needy (1 Cor. 11:22)
        6. By taking the Lord’s supper in unbelief, not realizing its true significance, and not discerning the Lord’s body and blood to receive the benefits by faith (1 Cor. 11:27-30)
        7. By taking the Lord’s Supper as an unsaved person with sin in the life and without making proper confession and acknowledgement of personal needs (1 Cor. 11:27-30)
        8. By taking the Lord’s Supper without judging oneself so as to escape chastening from God (1 Cor. 11:31-32)
        9. This group of people are those individuals who sit, soak and sour in the pews. They try to find fault with everything and everyone.
        10. This type person need to reflect and repent before taking the Lord’s Supper.
      2. Those who examine themselves before taking Communion.
        1. This group takes communion in a worthy manner.
        2. When we examine ourselves and allow God to examine our heart and soul, we are able to confess our sin, which keeps us form a right relationship with the Lord.
        3. God has promised to forgive us and restore us to a proper fellowship with Him. (1 John 1:9).
The church at Corinthian had some real problems, some real problems that churches have today. There are Christians who come to the Lord’s table without allowing Him to examine us and change us, these are challenging God’s Word. As we are here tonight, I challenge you to examine your relationship with the Lord. Are you in fellowship with Him? Is there sin in your life that you are willing to allow Him to help you confess it, turn from it, and move closer to God?
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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