The Past, Present and Future In The Lord’s Supper
Posted: Tuesday, August 18
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Verse of the day:
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
What a wonderful time communion is. It keeps in front of us what our Savior, Jesus Christ did for us. He died for us. God forbid that we should forget. In 1 Corinthians 11 Paul corrects the Corinthian Church telling them that they have made the Lord’s Supper more about themselves and all their eating and drinking than about Christ and what He did for them.
In communion we are to remember what Jesus did for us. That is the “past” in communion. 1 Corinthians 11:24-25 says this. “…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.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’” Notice the phrase “in remembrance of me”. Remember, remember, remember.
In communion we proclaim what Jesus did for us. That is the “present” in communion. In communion we help others know what Jesus has done. Verse 26 says to “proclaim the Lord’s death”. In communion we proclaim that Jesus died for us. Make it known. Proclaim, proclaim, proclaim.
We are to observe communion and keep on observing communion. That is the “future” in communion. Verse 26 says to keep on doing so “until he comes”. Jesus came to earth once and died for us and we are to keep on remembering and proclaiming that through communion until He comes back again. Oh, and one more thing. You don’t have to wait for a communion service to remember and proclaim what Christ did for you. Keep on remembering and proclaiming everywhere and to everyone that “Jesus died for you and me”. Thank you Jesus for dying for us! God bless!