So often, events that take place in the church can be an afterthought. A baptism, a new member joining, coming to services can just be another thing that happens around Faith Baptist Church. While we might not understand the ramifications of significant events in the life of our body due to indifference, familiarity, or plain apathy — we must recall that every faith-based decision, every planned activity, and every service element has a purpose. There can be a great temptation to simply “do church.” This week, during the Sunday Evening service, we have the opportunity to once again participate in the Lord’s Table.
No doubt Paul would be somewhat harsh in his warning to those who would partake “unworthily” in the church when participating in the Lord’s Table.
“Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:27-32
Paul warns that if you come to the Lord’s Supper in a cavalier, callous, or careless way that does not discern the seriousness of what happened on the cross, you may, if you are a believer, lose your life, not because of wrath, but as an act of God’s discipline. The Lord’s Table is a call to remember and it is not supposed to be overly complicated. Many attempt to drum up some emotional response when participating. Our mental action with the Lord’s Supper is foundationally remembering. Not imagining. Not dreaming. Not just listening. Not going into neutral. It is a conscious directing of the mind back into history to Jesus and what we know about him from the Bible. The Lord’s Supper roots us, time after time, in the realities of history. Bread and Cup. Body and blood. Execution and death. So why do we participate in the Lord’s Table?
As believers we are commanded to actively remember Christ’s sacrificial death that paid the full penalty for the forgiveness of our sins. It’s not a complicated action, but it is a necessary action. Church, let’s not go through the motions this Sunday Evening. Consider Christ. Consider your spiritual state before Christ. Consider his sacrifice. Remember. Be Thankful. Praise Him.