Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Impact of the Lord's Table

The following was another communion meditation I shared with my church this past Sunday morning:
"As we come to the Lord's Table, most Christians are very aware of the remembrance that takes place at the table. We remember the past, what God has already done for us in Jesus Christ. And rightly so, for Scripture instructs us to do this in remembrance of Christ. But...while there is a past reality to the table, I don't think we are often mindful that there is also both a present and future dynamic to the table celebration.

1 Corinthians reminds us that as often as we celebrate the Lord's Supper we continue to proclaim the Lord's death (present reality) until he comes again (future dynamic). We remember what Jesus Christ has done for us, dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, literally doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. We proclaim and reaffirm, both individually and corporately, our complete faith and trust in Jesus as the only hope for our salvation. Finally, we live as people of hope, with confident expectation that He will return...and all who are in Christ will be united with him and share in the glory of God's presence.

The table reminds us to continually live in that hope. That is the kind of truth that will change your life if you allow it to sink into your heart, your mind, your soul. It will mess you up, your life will be ruined for the glory of God and the sake of the gospel."

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