Last Sunday's Communion
Last Sunday we celebrated the Lord’s Supper together as a congregation; a sacrament given to regularly remind us of the grace of God we have in Christ. I was encouraged with the way Malcolm laid it out so clearly that I wanted to get a transcript onto the blog for your encouragement. Here it is.
It is good to be reminded of how Christ secured our way to God. He institutes the breaking of the bread and pouring out of wine as a symbol of the death he was about to die to provide for the forgiveness of our sins and establish the new covenant where his laws would no longer be an external demand but written on our hearts and minds. In the Old Testament we see that sacrifices were made as a reminder of people’s sin until the ultimate sacrifice was paid in Christ.
Let’s read in Hebrews 10:1-3 and then skip to 11-18.
No longer do we remember our sin by making sacrifices but we remember Christ’s body broken, his sacrifice once for all, by which we are allowed access into the covenant with God.
We need to be reminded of not just Christ’s life as an example or a forerunner but our substitute. We don’t like to focus on death in our culture, we would much rather remember a person’s life. Even at their funeral it is a celebration of their life not their passing that we call each other to gather. It’s very counter cultural to recall to mind a death and focus on that event for a person but that is what is unique about Christianity. Our acceptance and basis for relationship with God the Father is not based on what we do or even what we have learnt from Christ’s teaching to apply to our lives but on the work of Christ in establishing a new covenant through his death, that God would then remember our sins no more. We remember his death and God does not remember our sins as we believe on that death as our substitute.
So let’s look at Jesus’ words for us today as he sat with his disciples:
Luke 22:19 And he took the bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them saying this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Let’s take the bread together now.
Luke 22:20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying ”this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood”. Let’s take the cup together.
Pray – Thank you Lord for making a way, for willingly laying down your life, being broken, for removing our sins once for all as the perfect sacrifice. And it is your death we remind ourselves of today, not our efforts, but your sacrifice made for us. To bring us into the new covenant.