Christ, whose glory fills the skies
Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended
Holy Spirit, truth divine
Jesus, keep me near the cross
Bread of the world in mercy broken
Take the name of Jesus with you
Glory be to the Father
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 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.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Having meals together is important within people groups. So it shouldn't surprise us that Jesus gave us a meal by which we can remember him.
But over this supper problems have arisen within the church.
One problem was this. The rich were satiation themselves leaving the remains for the poor. They had forgotten what it was all about.
1.it is a meal of remembrance. A way to remember who Christ is.
2. It is a way to have relationship with God. Recalling who he is and what he has done for us.
3. A reminder of just how much we need him. Of just how under condemnation we were.
4. It is not just a remembering or a recalling to mind. It is also a call to action. When God remembers he acts. For instance God remembered Noah and let a wind blow over the earth. God remembered Rachel and opened her womb. Hannah and her boy Samuel.
So God says remember what Jesus did for you and act. Remember who I am and act. Repent, live for me, act. Don't just be a thinking, be a doing.
5. It is a proclamation. It is a declaration of what Jesus has done. How Jesus paid the demands of Justice.
6. So go and show what it means that Jesus died for you. Reflect what he has done and for you. Showing your hope in what is coming.
Not a wish. But a factual looking toward. So this meal is also a celebration of what we know will come.
The Lord's supper is a meal where we look back at what he has done. It is a meal that proclaims what he has done. It is a meal of celebration, of the hope that is coming, that this world is not the end.