by Rev Joel Yong
1 Corinthians 11:23-30
After all, I passed on to you what I had received from the Lord. On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread
and spoke a prayer of thanksgiving. He broke the bread and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
When supper was over, he did the same with the cup. He said, “This cup is the new promise made with my blood. Every time you drink from it, do it to remember me.”
Every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you tell about the Lord’s death until he comes.
Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks from the Lord’s cup in an improper way will be held responsible for the Lord’s body and blood.
With this in mind, individuals must determine whether what they are doing is proper when they eat the bread and drink from the cup.
Anyone who eats and drinks is eating and drinking a judgment against himself when he doesn’t recognize the Lord’s body.
his is the reason why many of you are weak and sick and quite a number of you have died.
These words are well known to Christians around the world and form the liturgy of many denominations pertaining to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
They were written to the Corinthian church to teach them to honor the meal and to approach it reverently.
It is more than a simple piece of wafer or a cup of wine that we drink of. It commemorates what Jesus did and testifies to the world of His act of redemption upon the Cross.
Approaching it in a manner that disrespects Christ’s person and act of salvation, leads to God’s judgment poured out upon the individual. Paul writes that some have fallen sick and died as a result of undermining the Lord’s Supper themselves.
So the next time you attend a Holy Communion service, prepare yourself, examine yourself and confess your sin and desire to turn from them, and approach the partaking of the elements with reverence and awe, lest we be judged ourselves..