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His Body and Blood: We Remember and Proclaim

November 17, 2019 Speaker: Albert Turner

Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:23–11:26

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,  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 also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." 
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."

1. Jesus calls us to remember and proclaim His death.
We remember and proclaim that He died for all of our sins – every as one – so that we have redemption – the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 1).  And now we have peace with God, no longer at war with God.  He is reconciled to us through Jesus and is at peace with Him.
We remember and proclaim "the cup of the New Covenant" that He died to secure for us; the New Covenant that makes us new in Him; the New Covenant through which He has placed His Holy Spirit into our hearts forever.

  • Why do you think it was so important to Jesus that we remember and proclaim these things?

This is not a duh question. 
Take time to really think about what happens when we remember we really are forgiven and when we believe we really are at peace and when we believe we really are new in Christ?
Take a moment to really think about what happens when we do not remember these things, but live as if we are unforgiven and as those who are not at peace with God or New creations with His very Spirit.
2.  Paul commands us to “examine ourselves” as we take the Lord’s supper (1 Cor 11:28-30).
The Lord asks us through the Apostle to consider our spiritual walk with the Lord and with others - so that we do not take the Lord’s supper in an “unworthy manner” and so “profane” or dishonor the sacrifice of Jesus. 
He is not asking us to be perfect, He knows we struggle every day with sins.  But He is asking us to search our hearts and to bring any known serious ongoing unrepentant sin; sins that we are purposely holding onto, and to bring them honestly to Him, for His forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9-2:1).

  • Why is it a contradiction and an insult to God to take the Lord’s supper and remain in settled ongoing unrepentant rebellion against Him?

3.  Pray on the Lord's Supper

Final, spend some time considering the gift of the Lord’s Supper – the sign He wants you to enjoy that communicates the most important truths in the Universe, His body and His blood, “for you”.

Ask Him to help you enjoy all the grace He wants you to have from Communion and to bring all he would have you confess.

Ask him to help you – even right now – to live in the joy of forgiveness and the New Covenant which gives you His Holy Spirit and makes you new in Him.