The Lord’s Supper, Brokeness for Brokeness

People around the world today participated in The Lord’s Supper. A bit of bread of some sort was eaten and a small portion of wine or grape juice was drunk as together followers of Jesus Christ remembered Him.

This morning I shared the bread and cup with perhaps 750 or more saints. I was reminded as the others were served that one commonality we share locally and around the world is brokenness. Then at the invitation the announcement of a girl who had been baptized, a man joining our fellowship who works with our prison ministry, a couple placing membership who are transparent about their marriage difficulties and solicit our prayers, a well-loved lady with concerns about a health issue was prayed for, and finally a ministry leader tearfully confessed his failure to be what he knows God wants him to be.

Each of us comes to the Lord’s table bringing our brokenness. Unique we are yet each of us brings broken lives. We share a history of sinful passions, hard to restrain egos, and psyches embedded with the popular culture that is against God. We everyone either are or have been broken, badly off kilter compared to God’s ideal.

Thus we come and hear the Lord’s voice saying “This is my body” and “This is the New Covenant in my blood” and we know his broken body and shed blood was for us. Because He was broken we are invited to come as we are with our brokenness surely to be helped and healed. Because of “His stripes” our broken lives are made new.

In view of what God has accomplished for us in the perfect living and dying and living again of Jesus we bow to His majesty and choose to be broken again. Now we gladly choose brokenness so that Christ might be all in all in us and for us and through us for others.

God’s mighty power is best displayed in the life of the meek, the poor in spirit, the broken. It seems that God does His best work when He has nothing to work with. Read your Bible. Don’t you know that men who accomplished great things for God were all alike marked with brokenness?

Brokenness for brokenness? Yes, I bring mine and His makes mine OK.

The Lord’s Supper – Proclaimation

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.

for Jesus,

The Lord’s Supper – Remember

In the church of Christ tradition our church eats the bread and drinks the cup every Lords’s day. There are many ideas about the meaning, the motive, and the method of this holy communion. One thing is very clear though. The central purpose is to keep us centered on Jesus.

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 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.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)

By this wonderful reminder we are again and again pointed to Jesus. By taking the bread we remember that he suffered and died in a real body. He offered a real human body for us so that we might live in a new body when he comes. And, as we drink the fruit of the vine we remember that his pure blood purchased the new covenant that assures us of heaven.

Remembering Jesus is not the only message of the Lord’s Supper but it is the most important. Mark is down, Christians are to be centered on the gospel and on Jesus. People who are centered on Jesus are not given to foolish controversies, divisions and factions, fights about worship styles and attacking other believers.

The next time you take a bit of communion bread remember the Lord Jesus and what he suffered that you might have life. And when you drink from the cup remember the royal blood that was shed to take away your sins. Focus on Jesus and you will clearly see how he wants you to live in his stead on this earth.

for Jesus,