Sometimes, we as humans can be so annoying. We can take some of God’s sacred things and make them entirely about us. In Chapter 11, Paul uses communion as a great example. The body of Christ gathered to observe this time of reflection and remembering Christ. It is the equivalent of the Passover for the people of Israel. When the church gathered, they were to break bread and drink the cup in remembrance of Christ. Seems simple, right?
The people in Corinth had converted the meal into a BBQ, and for the privileged it became all you can eat, while the less fortunate simply had to do without! Not the message Christ intended.
Paul made no bones about it. Get this right! When observing communion make it about the memorial not about your belly! Each person is to focus upon Christ’s sacrifice and how it affects their walks. NO one should come to be fed, instead, everyone should come to worship. What is more, the meal should be a time of serving others and including all! Not a time of hanging with your buddies and partying like rock stars!
For us, Communion should also be a time of reflection and refocus upon the Lord. We get to take a moment and remember what the Lord gave for us. We also should use the time to make peace with the Lord, and with other things that are noise in our lives. As we reflect, we need not worry about our lives and circumstance, but, for a brief moment remember that Christ died for our sin and for our restoration in HIs Kingdom no matter our circumstance or place of influence.
God Bless You
- 17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry, and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone who is hungry should eat something at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.