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Lord’s Supper devotional from September 2005 June 26, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Body of Christ, Communion, John's Gospel, Lord's Table.
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As we prepare for Communion on July 1, let us think about our unity in the death of Christ. 

 I would like to read this morning before we partake of the Lord’s Table from John’s Gospel the 13th chapter (verses 33-35). 

33  “Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” 

When Jesus introduced the Lord’s Table, He let the disciples know with these words that He was also establishing them as a unified, loving body. That is why it is important that we make sure that our conscious is clear, not only before God but also before our fellow man. In fact, this is the abuse that Paul was trying to correct in 1 Corinthians 11.  

I.              Why is this important? First of all, we who have trusted Christ as Savior have all been forgiven through the love of Christ. This means that we are, this morning, celebrating forgiveness through faith in Christ’s death and shed blood, when we partake of the bread and juice this morning. As we will see later in the book of Ephesians, there is only one faith and lives based on this one faith are to be filled with love for one another.

II.            This is also important because we are unified in Him. Jesus said that the next time He partook would be with us in His Father’s kingdom. Those of us who have been forgiven will also be part of that kingdom. We are to relate to one another now, though, as if we were already in that kingdom, which spiritually we are. 

We understand that we are forgiven by faith in Christ’s death and shed blood. The symbolic eating and drinking of the bread and juice gains no favor with God for us. We only gain favor with God by faith in Jesus Christ. If you have yet to trust Christ as your Savior, you have no reason to participate in the Lord’s Table, but we do want you to understand that God in His grace sent Jesus to die for your sins and that this forgiveness is available to you also. As always, we would be glad to show you from the Bible how to trust Him as your personal Savior. 

“Our dear, gracious Father. We thank you that we are made one by your Son’s blood and that the forgiveness and salvation you’ve provided through Jesus Christ is a common forgiveness and a common salvation. We come to you asking you to forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.  In His name we pray. Amen!” 

Matthew 26:6b-7 “Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’ Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remissions of sins.’

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