August 1, 2010
1 Corinthians 11:23-32
In society we have days of remembrance. For example, Memorial Day, Veterans Day are observed so that we don’t forget those men & women who have died or served our country.
Similarly, the Lord’s Supper is celebrated so that we can remember the sacrifice Jesus became for us. It is not just a ritual. It is a celebration!
The bread represents the Body of Christ – Died, Buried and Rose. He is alive!!The cup represents the Blood of Christ – Jesus blood paid for our sins.
We can stand before God righteous because we are covered by the blood of Jesus.
We are celebrating our salvation in Jesus Christ
1 Cor 11: 27 – We need to understand how we are to come to the Lord’s Supper.
Participating in the supper by taking the elements (Bread, Cup) does not save us. This celebration has to do with recognizing that I am saved!
- Come with the right motive. Don’t take the Lord’s Supper to be seen, or selfishly (a self focus). Come to be a participant not a spectator.
- As members of the Body of Christ we have come together to celebrate what Jesus has done for us. We are one body in Christ celebrating Jesus the Focus Factor.
- Come to celebrate Jesus – Celebrating Jesus has to become a pattern of our lives.
In Summary: The Lord’s Supper is a meal for believers. Your motive for coming must be right. Your attitude has to be right. Examine yourself, acknowledge your sin and seek forgiveness before participating. God forgives us. Seeking and receiving forgiveness has to become a pattern in our lives. You know the things that you do that are not right. Look at it. Acknowledge it and seek forgiveness so the celebration can be real.