“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” – 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
Have you ever been frustrated – with yourself? No matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to get it right. You try to be patient with that work colleague, but his attitude and personality just rub you the wrong way. What about your spouse? He or she knows exactly what to say to get under your skin. That addiction? Every Sunday you decide to quit, only to give in by Tuesday (sometimes by Sunday afternoon).
Even great followers of Jesus struggle with sin. One of the most devoted Christians in the first century, the Apostle Paul, the very man who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write much of the New Testament, still struggled with sin.
So, what can we do? One way the Bible talks about is observing the Lord’s Supper with other believers as a renewal of our faith. This is a time of gratitude in thinking back to the crucifixion of Christ. We remember the price that Jesus paid so that we could be forgiven of the judgment that we deserve because of our sins.
Regularly observing the Lord’s Supper with other believers is an opportunity to renew our faith. It’s where a Christian, dirtied by sin in living this life— remembers what Christ has done to pay the penalty for all that sin. Out of gratitude, we renew our vows of commitment to him.
We all have baggage. There’s not a person alive that’s got it all together. We all struggle with our sins. In the Lord’s Supper, we are brought back to the incredible love of Jesus. We’re brought back to the fact that Christ has paid the ultimate price, to die for us on the cross. When we remember that, the Lord’s Supper is a renewal of faith—not to try harder, but a renewed commitment to follow Jesus in gratitude for His grace and love for us.
Are you ready for that? I have good news. You don’t have to wait on observing the Lord’s Supper. You can do it today. Stop dragging your baggage around – just leave it at the foot of the cross. Then the observance of the Lord’s Supper will mean even more.