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December 8th, 2015

The Lord’s Supper

“When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk.” 1 Corinthians 11:20-21 (ESV)

The Lord’s Supper, an ordinance established by Christ Himself in His last days of ministry upon the earth, is meant to be a reflection of His tremendous provision and sacrifice for the good of all of humanity. As we take the elements, both the drink and the bread, we are to remember how Christ’s body was broken for our sin and how His blood was poured out for our redemption. This event is a tremendously solemn occasion and should not be taken in vain, as doing so would communicate falsely about the most important act in all of human history.

It’s no wonder, then, that Paul reacts so strongly in our passage for today regarding the Corinthian Church’s mishandling of the supper. They were using it as a means to once again show the strong division between those who were rich and those who were poor, making the lesser of the two feel their inferiority. What act could be more contrary to the message of the gospel, in which He who was the richest of all became poor for the sake of the poor? Paul, then, says to these new believers that their supper is no commemoration at all, but rather an act of sinful indulgence.

The people of God should look different. Our rich and our poor should not have their economic status worn as a badge of either pride or shame, respectively. Rather, we must as the Church remember our common spiritual poverty before the Lord and His generous provision on our behalf. That message unites us in spite of any other earthly distinction. Commit today to see people as the Lord’s Supper intends them to be seen: men and women all in need of a glorious and generous Savior!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Corinthians, Gospel, The Lord's Supper.
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December 8th, 2012

The Lord’s Supper

“When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk.” 1 Corinthians 11:20-21 (ESV)

The Lord’s Supper, an ordinance established by Christ Himself in His last days of ministry upon the earth, is meant to be a reflection of His tremendous provision and sacrifice for the good of all of humanity. As we take the elements, both the drink and the bread, we are to remember how Christ’s body was broken for our sin and how His blood was poured out for our redemption. This event is a tremendously solemn occasion and should not be taken in vain, as doing so would communicate falsely about the most important act in all of human history.

It’s no wonder, then, that Paul reacts so strongly in our passage for today regarding the Corinthian Church’s mishandling of the supper. They were using it as a means to once again show the strong division between those who were rich and those who were poor, making the lesser of the two feel their inferiority. What act could be more contrary to the message of the gospel, in which He who was the richest of all became poor for the sake of the poor?! Paul, then, says to these new believers that their supper is no commemoration at all, but rather an act of sinful indulgence.

The people of God should look different. Our rich and our poor should not have their economic status worn as a badge of either pride or shame, respectively. Rather, we must as the Church remember our common spiritual poverty before the Lord and His generous provision on our behalf. That message unites us in spite of any other earthly distinction. Commit today to see people as the Lord’s Supper intends them to be seen: men and women all in need of a glorious and generous Savior!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 335:  1 Corinthians 9-11)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Corinthians, Gospel, The Lord's Supper.
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