The Importance of the Lord’s Supper

solascriptura.jpgThis Sunday we will have the joy, opportunity, and responsibility to come to the Lord’s table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, or Communion. It is a time to be taken seriously and thoughtfully. We are to reflect on what Christ has done in our place, for us, and where we are spiritually in our walk with Him. The Apostle Paul gave these instructions to the church at Corinth as to the importance of the meal:

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. 33 So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment.

In one of the Puritan prayers in Valley of Vision, offers this for us to pray as we come to the Lord’s Supper:

By Your Spirit enliven my faith to rightly discern
and spiritually to apprehend the Savior.

While I gaze upon the emblems of my Savior’s death,
may I ponder why He died, and hear Him say,
“I gave My life to purchase yours ,
presented Myself an offering to propitiate your sin,
shed My blood to blot out your guilt,
endured your curses to set you free,
bore your condemnation to satisfy divine justice.”

May we reflect upon both of these as we come . . . and may we be prepared for sweet worship and communion this Sunday morning.

By His Grace, And For His Glory, Pastor Bill