Words from the Heart for Tuesday February 23rd, 2021
For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again. So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 11:26-27 (NLT)
Announcing the Lord’s Death
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I love the Lord’s Supper. In my tradition, we share bread and grape juice on the first Sunday of each month, a reminder of Jesus’ broken body and shed blood. Taking time to hold the symbols of His sacrifice on my behalf affords me the opportunity to consider my own heart. Christians are called to take seriously what takes place during the Lord’s Supper. The apostle Paul warns us to take it seriously. In 1 Corinthians 11:26-27 he says: “For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again. So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.” Have you noticed that whenever you focus on the Cross, you also focus on your own heart? That’s the point that Paul is making here. The symbols of bread and grape juice draw our thoughts to the Cross. The Holy Spirit then takes our gaze inward. In light of the Cross we see our own need. Next time you hold the bread and grape juice, look deep within and confess whatever you see that needs Jesus’ cleansing.
These have been words from the heart.