This Month's Promise

“...They will call Him Immanuel” - which means, “God with us.”

- (Matthew 1:23)

Read: I Corinthians 11: 24-32


"... This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (I Corinthians 11: 25)

What is the purpose of the Lord’s Supper or, the Holy Eucharist or the Holy Communion? As Paul writes in I Corinthians 11: 25,26 it is done in remembrance of Christ. We are remembering the covenant that was instituted by Jesus, the messenger of the covenant. The New Covenant is an agreement, a confederacy by which God and man become one. Wonder of Wonders! It is even more than that; it is also a proclamation of the Lord’s death until He comes again. And as we remember the death of our Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God, we must know that it was because of our sin He died. Therefore, as we take the bread, we are to remember His body broken for us for our sins. I Peter 2: 24 says, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the Cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness.” And as we take the wine we are to remember that it was His blood that was shed for our sins, as Hebrews 9: 22 says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

Dear friends, since we are acknowledging the necessity of Christ’s death for our sins while participating in the Lord’s Supper, how can we partake in it without examining ourselves and seeing if there is any sin unconfessed? Any disobedience to God’s will? Any bitterness or unforgiveness toward others? God warns us in I Corinthians 11: 28 to examine ourselves before we eat of the bread and drink from the cup. What happens if we do not examine or judge ourselves and just go ahead and take the communion routinely? Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11: 31,32, “That is why many among you are weak and sick and a number of you have fallen asleep.” The consequences may be either weakness, sickness or even death. This is a warning to us of the seriousness of entering into Covenant with the Lord. So before we participate in the Holy Communion let us take a few minutes alone with our Lord and ask Him to reveal to us any ways in which we are failing to honor Him as our Covenant Partner.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, whenever I participate in the Holy Communion I remember the Covenant instituted by Jesus. I proclaim His death for my sins. So let me examine myself, confess any hidden sin and reconcile with you. Let me not take for granted and dishonor the holy Covenant. Amen.