“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.’ After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come. 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.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-27 (KJV)
The Lord’s Supper, or Communion as some refer to it is a special time for the Christian. It is not a necessary for one’s salvation; that is a gift of God and received by the believer from the grace God gives. Far too often however I fear that many of us participate flippantly, and do not consider its holy and special meaning.
Paul says we do it, each time we do it, to show the Lord’s death till He comes again. That means every time we receive the Supper we ought to be reminded of the Lord’s death on the cross for our sins, remember His burial where all our guilt, sin, and condemnation was carried away; and be reminded of His bodily resurrection, because He is returning for His people.
Part of eating and drinking “Unworthily” would certainly be not being reminded that He is coming again. Lift up your eyes. He is coming soon.
-Tim A. Blankenship