October 20th

communion1 CORINTHIANS 11

Kneeling in worship, remembering with thanksgiving

SCRIPTURE

vv.23-26   …..The Lord Jesus, on the night 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, after supper he took the cup, saying, “ This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me”

OBSERVATION

Paul continues to chastise the Corinthian Church for inappropriate behaviour, this time in the context of their relationships with each other, their teaching and their worship – even to the degree of disrespecting the Lord’s Supper.

APPLICATION

When we participate in Holy Communion, we should prepare ourselves so as to be focussed fully on what it means. We should remember Jesus’ words and actions on the eve of his ultimate sacrifice for us, and now we are doing it in remembrance of Him. What a privilege and what greater enactment of a truly personal relationship could there be!

PRAYER

Father, I thank you that you gave your only son that I may be saved. I can hardly imagine the enormity of this gift, and so I am grateful to be reminded constantly within our regular congregational worship. I am humbled but truly thankful that by taking your bread and your wine I am able to praise You, to remember what my Saviour Jesus suffered for me, and to reaffirm my obedience to your purpose. Please make me worthy in every way. Amen.