Summary: How to properly partake of the Lord’s Supper
Adoration AT this time in your life.
In a sense, today we are having a “thanks dinner”. We are recalling what Jesus did for us on the cross by rejoicing at a sacred time which Jesus gave us to do.
We are going to Worship around the Table. Our whole lives are to be an act of adoration, based on Romans 12:1-2, and so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Our participation at this Table should also be an act of adoration. We should never come to the Lord’s Table carelessly.
1 CO 11:23-34.
I. Adoration at this time is to be a time of reflection - 23-25
Adoration involves our memory. When we remember what the Lord has done for us that is when we are ready to adore Him. Psalm 143:5 “When I remember the days of old” Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Paul begins his discussion of the Lord’s Table by nudging our memories. Paul was shared what he had received from the Lord. He is trying to cause us to think about things which most people already know. The night Jesus was betrayed, which was also the night that Jesus was arrested. It was in the evening that Jesus in the Passover feast instituted a memorial service for His church. Twice during this little service, Jesus says “Do this in remembrance of me.” Worship at the Lord’s Table is to be a reflection. Thinking back to what Jesus has done for us. Jesus took the bread and broke it. He distributed that bread and said this is my body. Do you think Jesus literally meant that the bread was literally His body? When Jesus said “I am the door”, did He mean He was door? Jesus meant that bread was a representative for His body. We are to take the bread in remembrance of Him. As you partake take time to think about the body of Jesus. Jesus’ body was given of you. 2 CO 5:21 - For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Jesus body was broken down for you. Yet not a bone was broken in his body. The suffering in his body was of the utmost passion. For on that cross He was exhausted for the punishment for the sins of the entire world.
1 Co 11:25 - After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. The cup when it is passed reminds us of the shed blood. It was Jesus’ shed blood that made safe for us a new contract with God. For all who put their faith in Christ and in His shed blood have eternal life! Because we are unrighteous someone had to pay for our sins. Jesus gave His life for our sins. I often think of those who are over there in battle fighting a war that keeps us safe. We have a freedom to speak for I heard a man say just the other night, “Do you know how many people you are offending by saying we are a Christian nation.” Anyone who chooses Christ as Savior is forgiven and has eternal life. When we worship at the Lord’s Table we are to reflect what he has done for me. We are to remember Him.
II. Adoration AT This Time IS to be a confirmation of your faith vs. 26
If you were asked on Wednesday to preach today would you be able to? If you partake of the bread and the cup this morning, you are preaching. And you are preaching the greatest message anybody could possibly preach. The word “show” means to state publicly. When we state publicly we are preaching. When you take of the bread you are stating publicly that you have faith in the broken body of Christ for your sins. When you take of the cup you are showing your own faith in the shed blood of Christ for you. By taking of the bread and the cup you are stating publicly a expression to all who can see you. You are stating publicly your faith to them! Therefore it is very important that what you are professing by your actions is actually true in your life. You should only take communion if your faith is in Christ as Savior. Otherwise you are being deceitful! Make sure that your heart matches your evidence. If you are not sure of you that Jesus is the manager of your life do not eat this bread and cup. Now if for the first time you want to show your faith in Christ let someone know you have let Christ come in this morning and this is your witness.