Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This Do Ye

We sometimes view communion as a memorial of an action. We do this because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. And this is true. Our words of institution say that as long as we do this we show the Lord’s death till He comes. We are remembering something that is crucial to our faith.

But it is also more than that. Jesus said to do this as His memorial. It is more than just us remembering Him. It is also Him remembering us. There is a real transaction of faith and blessing that occurs at this Table. 

We also know from the text in Corinthians that some people got sick and even died because of the way they took the Lord’s Supper. It is powerful for both blessing and cursing. 

If it is so dangerous, should we then abstain? God forbid! No, rather, we should humble ourselves as suppliants at the throne of Jesus. For all such sinners are received gladly and blessed abundantly. There is no danger for God’s children who partake of the life giving blood of Jesus and the body healing stripes of His body. We show His death because His death is our life.

Thus, we partake of this somber remembrance with great joy as if it is a wedding feast, because it is.

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