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In Remembrance of Me I Corinthians 15:1-4

The death, burial and resurrection of Christ form the central theme of the gospel message.

Old Testament Roots

God commanded them to observe the Passover feast every year, to commemorate their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. (Exodus 12:1-13:10)

Read Matthew 26:26-28

Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb of Messianic deliverance.  He gave His own body and blood as payment for our sin debt to deliver us from the bondage of sin and death.  The simple elements He chose appropriately represent His sacrifice.

A Feast for a King

Jesus said that He would eat and drink a new feast with them when the kingdom came.

Jesus had promised that the kingdom would come in their lifetime (Mark 9:1).  He had promised Peter the privilege of opening the doors of the kingdom, which He also called His church (Matthew 16:18, 19).  Peter used the keys of the kingdom on the first Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection.  He preached the first gospel sermon, which resulted in the first converts to Christianity (Acts 2:14-40).

The Lord’s Supper is a feast fit for a Messianic King and His subjects. This feast binds us together as one with each other and with the King.  The feast around the Table of the Lord is “sharing in the blood of Christ” and “sharing in the body of Christ” (I Cor. 10:16).

We are invited (Christians) to this banquet for one purpose—to participate with Him and with each other in the event that brought about our victory over sin.

A Lord’s Day Supper

From their earliest beginnings, Christians assembled on the first day of the week to break bread (Acts 2:42, 20:7).   “Break bread” was a term often used for the practice of taking the Lord’s Supper.  When Paul spoke of “the bread which we break” in I Corinthians 10:16, he was referring to part of the Lord’s Supper.

No evidence exists, in either Scripture or early church history, challenging the practice of Christians meeting together on the first day of the week to observe this sacred meal.

When are we to Eat and Drink?

The only Bible reference to the day that the Lord’s Supper was kept indicates that it was observed on Sunday—the first day of the week.

The church’s universal practice, following the period immediately after the apostles, was to observe the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, the first day of the week. This would indicate that Sunday was a day established by the apostles, whom the Spirit guided into all truth.  Being helped by the Spirit, they were able to instruct the converts to observe all things Jesus had commanded them to teach.

When are we to Eat and Drink?

Christians met on Sunday each week.  The purpose for their gatherings was to take the Lord’s Supper.  Weekly observance must have been a pattern established by the apostles.  Those today who want to continue in the apostles’ teaching should meet each Sunday in order to partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Jesus.

Yes they met at other times, but the day they partook of the Lord’s Supper was Sunday, for on that day Jesus conquered death on behalf of mankind.

A Remembrance

At the table, Christians experience both sorrow and joy.

Jesus wants us to remember not only what He has already done for us on the cross, but also what He is doing for us now as our King, High Priest, and Mediator.  He also wants us to remember what He has promised in the future.  2 Timothy 2:11b, 12 “if we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him.”

We are somber and reflective, we are joyful. Jesus paid our sin debt to set us free!

The bread and the fruit of the vine remind us of His sacrificed body and blood.  He is our sacrificial Lamb.  We participate together by giving thanks, as He gave thanks for the bread and the wine.  We celebrate our deliverance.  As we commune with Him and with each other, as members of one body, we reaffirm our unity and our support of one another.

Celebrate—but recognize that God is holy and pure, while we are sinful and frail.  He is not like us, but He wants us to be like Him.  The Lord’s Supper provides a perfect setting for us to exercise both reverence and joy.

The Lord’s Supper is Important

This is what binds us together and holds us together as one body.  The Lord’s Supper is not just a ritual to be performed, but a meal to bring us together and enable us to commune with God and with each other.


Every Sunday is Memorial Day

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1 Corinthians 11:24 “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Mourn The Loss

On the Lord’s Memorial Day, we are to examine our responsibility to Christ . The Christian must recognize that he is very responsible for His death. “If only we had not sinned he would not have had to die.”

Rom 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,“

As we mourn the loss of Christ, realize that we are the guilty ones. And know that if there only be one sinner who was lost, He still would have died. His love is that great.

Mourn the Loss

Matt 18:12-14 “What do you think?  If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that sent astray?  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more tha over the ninety-nine that never went astray.  So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Remember The Life

Jesus would like us to remember how He lived and what He taught through His life. He set a glowing example of how to live in love. Our life should reflect that love.

The bread that we first have broken is a reminder of the body of Christ. We are vividly reminded each time we observe this memorial that we are a part of the body of Christ.

At the Lord’s Table we don’t walk around the monument and admire it. We have fellowship with a living Savior as our hearts reach out by faith.

1 Cor. 11:27-29  “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.”

There is, of course, a sense in which we all partake unworthily, for none can ever be fully worthy.  But there is another sense we can come worthily, in faith and with a due performance of all that is fitting.

Thankful For The Sacrifice

The price Jesus paid afforded us salvation. We have the promise of salvation and we did nothing to afford this luxury. For this we must be thankful. This is why Jesus have us the cup.

1 Cor. 11:25  “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.“

When we drink the juice, we remember our forgiveness. It is the blood of Jesus that He spilt in order to clean our hearts from sin.

Heb. 9:13-14  “For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and  bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”

Summary:

1-Mourn the loss of the body of Christ and examine your responsibility to it as you break the bread.

2-Remember the life of Jesus as you compare your life with his. Eat the bread and realize that you are one with his body.

3-Be thankful for His sacrifice because it is through His that you are saved; partake of the cup and be thankful for His sacrifice that offered your forgiveness.