MUSINGS – July 08 2018
“When you gather in the same place, you can’t possibly be eating the Lord’s Supper. Each of you eats his own supper without waiting for each other. So one person goes hungry and another gets drunk. Don’t you have homes in which to eat and drink? Do you despise God’s church and embarrass people who don’t have anything to eat? What can I say to you? Should I praise you? I won’t praise you for this. After all, I passed on to you what I had received from the Lord.
On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread and spoke a prayer of thanksgiving. He broke the bread and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” When supper was over, he did the same with the cup. He said, “This cup is the new promise made with my blood. Every time you drink from it, do it to remember me.” Every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about the Lord’s death until he comes.
Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks from the Lord’s cup in an improper way will be held responsible for the Lord’s body and blood. With this in mind, individuals must determine whether what they are doing is proper when they eat the bread and drink from the cup.”
The Lord’s Supper, The Last Supper, Holy Communion, Eucharist, Love Feast, and Holy Sacrament are some of the terms used for this simple symbolic meal. We take bread and wine (juice) in small portions and consume them in joyous reverence.
Some groups serve Communion a few times a year, some every month, some every week, and some every time they gather for worship.
I don’t claim any special knowledge of what Jesus meant when he said “every time”. He may have meant every time that the Passover Meal is served. Or he may have meant every time, every meal, remember that my body was broken for you and that my blood was spilled for your salvation. I tend to think that he meant the latter, ever day, every meal, remember Him that died for me (and you).
My every meal doesn’t contain the fruit of the vine nor does every meal have a serving of bread. However, my every meal begins with a prayer. And in that prayer I remember He who died for me. He who suffered the pain and the humiliation that should have been mine. He who paid for crimes against God that he did not commit.
How do you “Do this in remembrance of me”?
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