Week 33, Day 2,
August 16, 2022
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11
“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 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.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 11:23–27)
I read verse 26 in my head with the same cadence I do when I say it out loud on Sunday morning.
In the case of the Corinthian church, they have forgotten the purpose and unity of the meal. There was so much disunity and division over the meal that it really was no longer the Lord’s Supper.
There are a lot of varying opinions on the Lord’s Supper. How often you should partake in it, how you should take it, one cup or not? Wine or grape juice? We can all agree though, that the prepackaged “bread” and juice, with the Styrofoam for bread is the worst.
It is incredible to me, the very ceremony that ought to unify all Christians is at times, the most divisive.
Paul lays it out clearly. This is how we remember the incredible sacrifice of Jesus and this activity of remembrance brings us together.
Can we make it about that? For as often as we eat the bread and drink the cup we show the Lord’s death until he comes. Until he comes back, this is what unites us and how we show the world what we believe. It’s how we come together to remember and honor the gift of life given us in Christ.
Why is the Lord’s Supper so important to us and why do we do it every single week? We want our gatherings to be about the gift of life given us in Christ. In a world that divides us, we come together as one to remember the love of Jesus Christ.
That’s worth taking together, every week.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.