Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 11
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
Jesus gave two ordinances to His church; baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These were not given to us in order to provide salvation by grace, but in order to proclaim salvation by grace. The Lord’s Supper illustrates salvation by grace and enhances our worship of the God of grace. First, it illustrates sacrifice. Paul said, “For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord’s death till he come.” (I Corinthians 11:26) The elements in the Lord’s Supper remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made to provide salvation. He gave His life’s blood, and His body was broken. He suffered and died as the ultimate sacrifice for sin. Remember His sacrifice. Secondly, repent of sin. We must examine our hearts to see if we have any unconfesed sin. Then, we must confess known sins to God, repent of them, and receive God’s forgiveness. There is nothing sweeter than being in right relationship with the Father and with the family of faith. None of us are worthy of what God has done for us, but we should take the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner or we will come under God’s judgment. Thirdly, the Lord’s Supper illustrates the second-coming. It “shows the Lord’s death till he come.” Jesus is coming again! Every time we participate in the Lord’s Supper we are proclaiming that Jesus will return, and that the only way to be prepared for His coming is to know Him as Lord and Savior.
Prayer: “Father, thank You for giving Your Son Jesus, thank You for all He endured to purchase our salvation. We give thanks to You, in Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron