The Lord’s Supper
Next Sunday we’ll look at what Paul says to the church in Corinth about the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 12. However, 1 Corinthians 10 also has some teaching about this distinctive practice that we share as Christians. Paul wrote: “I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf,” (1 Corinthians 10:15-17, NIV).
This passage is interesting for several reasons, but I simply want to make two points. First, Paul seems to be saying that the Lord’s Supper is a way that we participate in the death of Jesus. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross makes the forgiveness of our sins possible. The Lord’s Supper is one way we make this effective in our lives. Secondly, Paul uses the one loaf that we share a symbol of our unity. We share this meal together and we remember that we are connected to one another as Christ’s body.
I want to say today that I am grateful for the many who give of their time and effort on behalf of others within our community. Much of this work goes on behind the scenes, but it is such an important part of the ministry of our congregation. Thank you to those who are willing to serve, so that this congregation can continue to do its work.
Praying for you all. Love you all.
Scriptures for Sunday
1 Corinthians 11:17-34—What especially draws your attention in Paul’s directions about the Lord’s Supper?
Exodus 24—What is the significance of the “blood of the covenant” in this passage?
Zechariah 9:9-13—How is “blood of the covenant” used here?
Matthew 26:26-30—Why do you think Jesus establishes this command?