Posted on Thu, Apr 21, 2011
April 21, 2011 Mike Horan & Vickie McGowan
Maunday Thursday 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
This passage contains the very foundation of our faith and practice: the death of Christ for us. Herein we see the vertical and the horizontal planks of the cross.
The new covenant relationship between God in heaven and sinners on earth is seen in the bread and wine. Every time we celebrate the Lord’s Table, we reaffirm our faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus which transforms us from a sinner, separated from a holy God, into an accepted and forgiven saint, dressed in the righteousness of Christ. We, who were once estranged from God, are now brought into a new and loving relationship with our Heavenly Father. As we partake of the sacrament, let us each remember that the cost of our personal reconciliation with God was the broken body and shed blood of His sinless Son. By faith, we proclaim in this ordnance His death to pay the penalty for our sins and restore our relationship with the Father.
The new covenant relationship among God’s people is seen in our practice of celebrating this ordinance with one another. When we, as a congregation, take communion, we remember and proclaim our new relationship to each other. We are not individual and separate believers. We are fellow pilgrims, servants of the same Master, members together of the spiritual body of Christ. We share a common faith and spiritual life. Our superficial differences with those next to us in the pews are forgotten as we remember that in this sacrament we are proclaiming together our mutual, eternal heritage, commitment to do His work on earth, and hope in His second coming.
We gather to commemorate
The Lord’s propitiation,
Recall the cost to consummate
The rite proclaims the Savior’s death,
Christ crucified to save us.
Partaking we, His church, express
Our union in Christ Jesus
Our hearts unite to share the meal,
One church, one Lord communing,
Proclaim one death, ours souls to heal,
One Savior soon returning.
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