Today’s Bible Reading:
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” 25In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” 26For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
Verse of the Day:
Today we jump over to 1 Corinthians to read one of the letters from the apostle Paul. The topic of today’s reading continues from yesterday – the Lord’s Supper.
Paul states that he received these instructions from the Lord – either God revealed these things directly to Paul or it was something that was already being taught in the Church by the time he wrote this letter.
He reiterates that we partake in the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of all that Jesus Christ sacrificed for us. He also mentions a new covenant that Jesus spoke about. This covenant that came because of the death of Jesus replaced an older covenant that had previously been in place – the Mosaic Covenant (Back in Exodus Chapter 24 with Moses and the nation of Israel). The new covenant offers forgiveness, eternal life, and the Holy Spirit that empowers believers.
The last verse reminds us of what we do every time we take communion: we are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
Verse 28 (not included in our reading today) goes on to say how important it is for each of us to examine ourselves before eating the bread and drinking the cup. Do you practice this at your church?
I’ve always been grateful for the time allowed in our communion services where everyone that is joining in the service is asked to evaluate their lives. Taking part in communion is a serious thing and these scriptures explain to us the significance and meaning. It is not to be taken lightly.
God, thank you for showing us in your Word the meaning behind our traditions and customs. Help us to not take communion lightly. Help us to examine our lives and all that we represent as Christians. Help us to live a life that is pleasing to you and one that draws others to your kingdom. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. We await your return and will remember all that you did for us until we meet you in Heaven.