THURSDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2018
THEME: HOLY COMMUNION
TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 11:20-34
MEMORY VERSE: 1 COR. 11:25 “In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in My blood. These do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
The Holy Communion is a meal which is taken by Christians in remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ. It is also known as the Lord’s Supper, the Sacrament, or the Eucharist. Some have argued concerning the time when it was originally taken as being in the night but the truth is that today, the time we take it is not so important. Rather the condition of the communicant’s heart must be right with God, else there will be serious consequences. (1 Corinthians 11:27-32).
The Holy Communion is the New Testament concept of the Passover feast which the Israelites celebrated before leaving Egypt (Exodus 12:1-28). The Passover feast was instituted in Egypt to mark the passing over of the Jewish houses when the first-born of all the Egyptians were slain. It begins on the 14th day of Nisan (Abib) our April. Similarly, the Holy Communion is a holy feast instituted by Jesus Christ to concretize the fellowship between Him and His disciples. (Matthew 26:26-30). Each time the Holy Communion is celebrated, it is a remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Luke 22:14-20, 33). Jesus Christ is the Passover Lamb that was slain in the Old Testament.
The Lord’s Super is one of the 12 things the Corinthians Church asked Paul to shed light on. The Lord’s Supper must not be taken unworthily. Before the Holy Communion is taken, the partaker must examine himself or herself to see if he/she is fit to take it; There must be no idol in the heart of the partaker else there would be serious consequences if taken unworthily.
HYMN: EMHB 763 – ACCORDING TO THY GRACIOUS WORD,
PRAYER: Dear Lord, as I feast at Your table, help me to remember that You died for my sins, and let me resurrect with You ever more in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.