This is the second post in the series “The Lord’s Supper”. The last post made the point that one of the primary reasons for the eating and drinking of the Lord’s Supper is to focus us on Christ’s sacrifice for us, and especially to remember his body. “This is my body….” and “This is the blood….” are to be rememberd and appreciated by believers. Communion, if done properly, will accomplish that goal. Not only are we to remember him and his sacrifice of himself but when we share in communion we proclaim his death.
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:26)
It is very important that we continually proclaim the good news to each other. I think some Christians believe that as we mature we move on from the gospel to deeper things. I have news for you, the gospel is the deepest thing! We must be gospel centered people to be the people God uses.
Paul’s letter to the Romans was a letter primarily to believers. In fact he gives thanks that their faith is known throughout the whole world. (Romans 1:8) And yet immediately before his statement about the gospel being the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16) he wrote these words.
“…I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” (Romans 1:15)
Christianity is the gospel! It is the historical facts of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and their present and future implications upon which we stand and have staked our eternal destiny.
Never, never, never, should we stop preaching and teaching the gospel to each other and one of the ways we do that is by eating the bread and drinking from the cup as we remember the Lord’s body and shed blood for sinners.
In most of our churches on a given Sunday there will likely be those present who have not yet become Christians. We should be aware of that fact and make sure that when we participate in the Lord’s Supper that we are reverent and sincere knowing that we are by these acts proclaiming the Lord’s great sacrifice for sinners to a watching world.
We are to keep proclaiming the gospel facts until He returns. The emphasis is never on the “how” or even on the “when” but wholly upon the “what” and the “who” of the good news.
We remember and we proclaim as together we eat and drink together.