Celebration of Life
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
The Holy Communion known also as The Lord’s Supper represents the greatest expression of God’s love for His people. Two items are used in the Holy Communion, the bread which represents Jesus’ body and the cup which represents His shed blood. Ever since the early Christians met secretly in homes to remember the baptism, death and the resurrection of the Lord, the church had been celebrating the love feast. Of all the things we do at NCCkl, the Holy Communion depicts the highest expression of God’s love celebrated among us as a family.
I want to draw your attention to the passage in 1 Cor 11:23-31 to show what constitutes the Celebration of Life.
1. It Is A Time Of Commemoration vs 23-25
These verses remind us about Jesus being our perfect sacrifice. We are not offering a new sacrifice. We are remembering His ‘once for all’ sacrifice. Heb 10:10 It is an idea of stirring up the mind to re-live into Jesus Christ’s life, baptism, death and resurrection as is humanly possible. Phil 2:5-6; 2 Cor 8:9; 1 Pet 2:24; Isa 53:4-6; 1 Pet 1: 18-19; Heb 7:25.
2. It Is A Time Of Contemplation vs 23-25
Not only are we to remember what Jesus had done for humanity but we are to contemplate what His sacrifice means to us as individuals. It is a moment of true reflection into our new life, how Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection impacts our daily lives and to assess whether we are constantly contending for the precious faith.
3. It Is A Time Of Identification vs 23-25
When participating in the Holy Communion, we are publicly identifying ourselves with Jesus Christ. Now, it is possible for an unbeliever to participate in the Lord’s Communion and yet not saved. This sacred act alone holds no saving power! However, for those who are saved, it is a time to declare openly our faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.
4. It Is A Time Of Declaration vs 26
This verse reminds us that when we celebrate the Lord’s life for us, we are simply declaring His baptism, death and resurrection to the younger generation in our midst. This can be a time of teaching while we are participating in it. We must always take the time to explain what we are doing when we take the bread and cup. This moment is a prime time to administer the Gospel message to those who are ignorant of it.
5. It Is A Time Of Expectation vs 26
This time serves to rekindle our thoughts concerning the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We dwell in the Truth that He was baptized for us, died for us, He rose again for us and then ascended. Now, He is interceding for us at the throne of God. We are not to forget that He has promised to return some day for us. John 14:3.
6. It Is A Time Of Examination vs 27-31
While all the other truths we have considered today are important, this final one is a serious admonishment to be heeded. It is not only a time of reflection and worship but it is also a time of self-examination. We are to appropriate the elements of the communion with reverence. One who is not saved should abstain from participating. We should not treat this sacred moment lightly by approaching the Lord’s table with guilt and condemnation even after confessing our faith in the Gospel of the water and Spirit that has set us free forever in Christ. Participating in the Lord’s Supper in such an unworthy manner tends to degrade the truth of the Celebration of Life.
These days, it is disheartening to note that predominantly churches are pressured into becoming ‘seeker friendly’. As a result, they tend to compromise the pure Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises the baptism, death and resurrection of Jesus. Hence, we at NCCkl should strive to preserve the genuine message of the Gospel of the water and Spirit. John 3:5 In fact, we too can compromise and draw a crowd but personally I would rather preach the truth to a few than to drag a crowd behind me into a Christ-less eternity.
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