I am so thankful for the biblical ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Tonight is a beautiful opportunity to partake together in the Lord’s broken body and shed blood.
I recommend reading the booklet in our book rack called The Lord’s Supper. It’s an old-time pamphlet that goes into a lot of detail that we won’t cover tonight, and I appreciate the gravity that the 1800s preachers put on this ordinance. Anymore, communion is treated as a quick tack-on to the end of a service with no time to examine oneself, and no time to reflect on the body and blood of Christ. Further, people seem to approach the discussion of communion as though it can do something special for them. They speak of it almost magically, and even when they say it carries no salvific efficacy, they revere it as if it does.
Without observing the Lord’s Supper, you can still be saved.
But if you ARE saved, the Lord’s Supper is a WONDERFUL time to thank the Lord for his sacrifice for us. It’s a beautiful time to remember Him, and to reflect on what he’s given us in his body—the church.
WE observe communion. Not you. There’s a big difference there, and, in fact, it’s the very point of 1 Corinthians 10. Within the context of the book, a bunch of selfish Christians were demanding their individual rights without considering that their lives should have been about the good of all.
Communion, then, could be described as “common union,” in that we as a body celebrate our union (and unity!) in Jesus Christ.
READINGS: Luke 23:13–25; 32–28; Psalm 22:1–18; Luke 23:44–46
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