The Lord's Supper
Do this in Remembrance of Me!
This meal was establish by our Lord Jesus according to (I Corinthians 11:20) and called it "Supper" because it was instituted at suppertime. Jesus instituted this supper meal while observing the Passover with his disciples.
Purpose of the meal: When we celebrate the Lord's Supper, it is a time of remembrance. Jesus said, “This cup is the New Testament in my blood: this do in remembrance of me” (I Corinthians 11:25). The word testament is better understood as God’s covenant with man. In the New Testament, there are two covenants mentioned, the old and the new. The old covenant of law, with all of its ritualistic services, such as animal sacrifices and special day observances, gave way to the New Testament of grace under the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Through His suffering and crucifixion He paid the penalty for sin, through Him we have forgiveness of sin. In the Old Testament, the high priest offered animal sacrifices for sin; in the New Testament Jesus are our High priest and our sacrifice.
Christians are commanded to remember Jesus' life, His death on the cross for our sins, and his glorious resurrection (See I Corinthians 15: 1-4). The Bible says, "As often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death till he come (I Corinthians 11:26); Jesus not only wants Christians to remember his death, burial and resurrection, but look forward to his glorious Second Coming.
Process: The Lord's Supper is prepared for a prepared people. Before taking the Lord's Supper, you need to be in a right relationship with God. If not, the bible said, "Whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink: this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord (I Corinthians 11:27). The word unworthily most likely means un-confessed sin. "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup (I Corinthians 11: 28). It is the responsibility of every Christian to take an inventory of their lives before coming to the Lord's Table. If un-confessed sins are found, they 'should be confessed; then we are to repent of them and seek God's forgiveness before coming to the Lord's Table.
Penalty: When we are judge, we are chastened or “discipline” by God, in order that we will not be condemned with the world. God chastening or discipline can cause Christians to become weak, sickly and some sleep or "die" (I Corinthians 11:30-32). Guest List: When you are invited to dinner in the social order, the host makes all the arrangements. The host decides the type of event, the time and date, the menu, dress code and guest list. The Lord's Supper is similar to a social event. Jesus is the host, and it is He who decides the menu, who is invited and what we should wear.
If you were invited to, a social event and the attire were white gowns and tuxedos. What if you slipped and fell in mud on your way to this event, would you continue with a mud stain garment? If you would be embarrassed to wear a mud stain garment to a social event, shouldn't we have the same respect for Christ? The attire for the Lord's Supper is a white robe of righteousness, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. When we fall into sin, it leaves a filthy stain on us. Before going to the Lord's Table, we are to examine ourselves, and if sin is found, we are to confess them, repent of them, forsake them and asked for forgiveness. God said, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). Then and only then let us come to the Lord's Table and· celebrate his life, his death, his resurrection and anticipation of his glorious Second Coming
Count your nights by stars-not shadows, Count your life with smiles-not tears. In addition, all throughout your lifetime, count your age by friends-not years.