Good morning! The Lord is so good. He comes to us so soft and gentle. He makes all things new. Even His mercies are new every morning. Today we will continue our reading in 1 Corinthians chapter 11, verses 23-26 with Paul reminding us of the Lord’s supper and the importance of it, because some of the members of the Corinthian church seemed to forget its significance (see yesterday’s devotion). Join me as we continue to read 1 Corinthians.
“23 For 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 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you.[f] Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In 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 in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.” – 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NLT
Generally, on the first Sunday of the month most church serve communion, which is in remembrance of the Lord’s supper (Eucharist). The Oxford dictionary defines communion as:
- the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.
- the service of Christian worship at which bread and wine are consecrated and shared.
The word communion reminds me of a common unity that the church and its members share. A unity because of Christ Jesus and what He did on the cross so long ago, yet His blood that was shed never loses its power to save those whom He gave His life for (you, me and all those who believe/ will believe). The call to remember Jesus Christ’s selfless sacrifice on the cross, the blood that was shed and the cleansing and forgiveness of our sins is what we are called to do until He returns.
Sisters and brothers, the body that was broken for us (represented as the bread) and the blood that was shed for us (represented as wine/juice) will never lose its power to save. However, we should always remember that the Lord came for you, me and the rest of this world. While we know our personal sins that nailed Jesus to the cross, we also know the grace and forgiveness at the cross. We know the love that was displayed on the cross. We are not perfect, but we know God is and in His perfections he sent his one and only son Jesus to save us.
Today begins a new month, a new day to fall in love with the One who loves us the most. Let us live in community, remembering Jesus and His love for you and your neighbor (e.g., family, friends, community and the world). This Sunday, is the first Sunday will you remember Christ through communion, through the message of the cross?
Father God, thank you for today. Thank you for the forgiveness of sins and for the opportunity to be reconciled to you. Lord, we don’t want to forget who you are and what you’ve done for us. Lord, we don’t want to be selfish with the message of your love and forgiveness. Lord, forgive us for the times when we have been too self-absorbed to remember You and what You did and continue to do for us. Lord, forgive us for the times when we turned a blind eye toward the hurt, loss and needy. Lord, we want to be a living and loving example of you. Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit within us and let it overflow into our homes, our relationships, the streets, our schools and jobs. Lord, be with us today as we seek to serve you and love others. In Jesus name, amen.