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THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME
Intro: There are only two ordinances which we Baptists recognize. The word Ordinance means, “A law, or something prescribed.” In other words, Baptists recognize only two rituals as being prescribed by the Word of God. The first is the ordinance of baptism by immersion and the other is the Lord’s Supper, or Communion.
Baptism is a symbolic act that portrays what Jesus has done for the believer in salvation. It is a picture of a person dying out to an old life of sin and raising again to a new life of service to the Lord. It is an outward symbol of the inward work of God in the human spirit.
The Lord’s Supper, on the other hand, is a symbolic act that calls to mind the death, resurrection and promised return of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we take the bread and the cup, we are remembering the day when Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross, was buried, and rose again from the dead. The Communion is a symbol of the eternal work God did through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
This morning, we will do what Christians have been doing for over 2,000 years. We will remember Jesus; what He did; why He did it and what it means for us. Since this is our first Communion together; I want to take a few minutes to share with you the truth about what the Lord’s Supper is.
More than anything else, the Lord’s Supper service is a time of remembrance. That is why Jesus said, “This do in remembrance of Me. And, that is the thought that I wish to magnify for a few minutes this morning. Allow me to share three facts regarding the nature of the Lord’s Supper as we think on the thought: This Do In Remembrance Of Me.
I. IT IS A TIME OF COMMEMORATION
We Commemorate His Sufferings
Verses 24 and 25 talk about the “broken
body and the blood of Jesus. Both of these vivid phrases bring to mind
suffering and pain. When we take the
elements of the Lord’s Supper, we are to remember that Jesus Christ suffered
horribly for us to save us from our sins.
We Commemorate His Sacrifices
The fact that Jesus Christ was in a human body speaks of the sacrifices He
made to redeem us. God became a man,
lived and died in this world to redeem the lost,
II. IT IS A TIME OF CELEBRATION
We Celebrate His Compassion
Notice the words for you in verse 24. These words remind us that Jesus did what He
did and suffered what He did all because He loved us,
We Celebrate His Conquest
What is not mentioned in these verses, but what is clearly implied, is the
fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead after His death on the cross, v. 26!
You see, anyone could have died; but only the God-man could have paid
for sins through His death and then guaranteed eternal life by rising again
from the dead,
We Celebrate His Coming
We are clearly told that when we observe the Lords Supper, we are telling
this world that we believe Jesus is coming again, v. 26. That is His promise
III. IT IS A TIME OF CONTEMPLATION
A. We Must Contemplate Our Salvation In spite of all their sins and failures, Paul is writing to saved people in this chapter. When Paul uses the words “us and we, he is talking about himself and his fellow believers. He is giving details of a celebration, a commemoration that is for believers only!
Some people practice what is called "Closed Communion.” This means that the church only allows those who are members of that church and who are in good standing with that church to participate in the Lord’s Supper. Others practice what is called "Open Communion". In those kinds of churches, everyone who is present is encouraged to participate in the observance of the Lord's Supper.
What I have always believed and practiced is what is known as "Close Communion". In other words, everyone who is present is invited to participate; but only after they have been warned of the consequences of partaking in the Lord's Supper in an unworthy manner. Since neither you nor I know anyone’s heart, each person is urged to practice self-examination and then they can participate if they choose to. In other words, only those who are in close communion with the Lord are encouraged to participate.
So, we are glad you are here today, but if you are lost, then you should let the bread and cup pass you by. Or, you should come to Jesus and be saved right now, so that you can be made worthy to participate in this great time of celebration.
B. We Must Contemplate Our Sanctification Notice verse 27. There is a word in that verse that bothers me. It is the word “unworthily.” We are told that if we take of this bread and this cup “unworthily; we bring Gods wrath upon our lives by not reverencing the Lords body. In fact, the phrase “not discerning the Lord’s body,” has the idea of treating Jesus like the mocking and jeering crowds did at His crucifixion. It means that we treat His broken body and His shed blood as if they were nothing!
The Lord is telling us to “examine our own lives. We need to be sure that we are clean, before we come to His table. When we partake of His table with an unclean heart, we need to be aware that there will be a price to pay.
1. Some are sick because of it – verse 30a
2. Some are dead because of it – verse 30b
3. All will be chastened because of it – verse 32
are we to do? The answer is in verse 31! We are to examine ourselves and bring our
sins to His altar in confession and repentance,
Is it that serious? Yes it is! In fact, it is so serious that I would say to you that if you have sin in your life and you do not plan to confess it and deal with in this altar; then you should let the bread and the juice pass you by!
Conc: We are almost ready to come to the Lord’s Supper table. We are almost ready to commemorate and celebrate our wonderful Savior’s life, His death, His resurrection and His return. But, before we do, we need to have a time of contemplation.
I am going to extend a challenge to you today to examine your heart. I want you to look deep within yourself and see just where you stand with the Lord. Here is what I want you to ask yourself:
1. Am I really saved? Is Jesus my Savior? Am I sure?
2. Am I clean before Him today? Have all of my sins been confessed and brought out into the open? Can I take the Lord’s Supper with a worthy heart?
3. Am I ready to partake of the Lord’s Supper with a focused heart? Are my thoughts centered on Jesus, His worship and what He has done in my life? Am I ready to do this in remembrance of Him?
If there are needs, this altar if the place to bring them today! Let’s get ready to meet Him at His table this morning!