This week we are observing the Lords table. This is one of the two ordinances (the other being baptism) that our Lord asks us to keep on a regular basis. The significance of the Lord's table cannot be overlooked. When we partake of the bread and the cup we are remembering the gospel…the very reason that Christ came.
This is of course a hearkening to the Passover. Jesus asks us to remember the breaking of a body and the shedding of blood. Do you remember? Do you remember the sacrificing of the lamb so the blood could be spread on the doorposts and lintels of the house, thus saving the firstborn of the family? When the Lord delivered the Hebrews from the Egyptians, he instituted the Passover, this representation of the salvation of God's people from their oppressors.
That night in the upper room, He established a new idea, that really wasn't new at all. He, Himself, in His body would now become that perfect spotless lamb, that was going to suffer for the deliverance of those that would follow Him. His body would be broken and His blood would be poured out, so that death could not touch those who follow Him.
The apostle Paul exhorts us in 1 Corinthians 11 to take time to examine ourselves before we sit at this table. Bringing ourselves to the table with unconfessed sin, an unrepentant heart, or bitterness brings dishonor to the Lord and the sacrifice of Christ. We should never treat the sacrifice of Christ in a flippant manner, for Paul says we "eat and drink judgement on ourselves". I don't know what that means, but it doesn't sound good!
Maybe this week, you have some things you need to get worked out with the Lord. Do you have sin that has gone unconfessed? Do you harbor bitterness or anger toward another member of Christ's church? Are you coming to the table of the Lord with an unrepentant spirit in some way? Lay them down at the altar. Our gift of worship to the Lord is not received when coming from dirty hands and a filthy heart. Repent and believe the gospel.
As we sing this Sunday "Christ is Risen" and a new song for the 9:30 crowd, "Living Hope", let's remember this sacrifice. Let's sing together of the grand love that God has toward us in sending Christ, the Redeemer to save of from sin and death.
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Blessings to you all!