"Do this in remembrance of Me." A famous statement from the most famous person. Really a command...something we are to do, to participate in...the Lord's Supper. A lot of questions can arise concerning this command:
juice or wine?
silence or sing through the event?
every week, every month or occasionally?
in a small group or only in a church?
broken pieces of a loaf or manufactured crackers?
There are traditions that support each side of those questions but are they not missing the question, the point of the command..."do this."
This week at ClearView we "do this." We celebrate the story of God and His Son through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. "Do this."
The bread His body broken for us.
The wine His blood spilled for us.
We "do this" but wait, how are we to prepare for completing this command of Christ? The writer of the book of 1 Corinthians makes it pretty clear: "therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy way will be guilty of sin against the body and blood of the Lord. So a man should examine himself; in this way he should eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself."
That scripture is familiar and read often just before we eat and drink during communion.
But what if you know your church is going to "do this" at the next service and you didn't wait until the last moment to examine yourself. What if you took some intentional time between now and starting the trip to the weekend place of worship to examine yourself, your relationship with God?
How much better would you be prepared for worship? How much clearer could you hear God speaking? How much deeper would God's Word saturate your very being?
"Do this." It is His command and an important way to remember Christ sacrifice for us...but first examine yourself so that you are ready.