The Lord’s Supper is the time when the church is to remember the sacrifice that Jesus paid for our sin. No words could ever possibly describe the agony and suffering that Jesus experienced from the Garden of Gethsemane to the cross on Calvary. This plan of God to save sinners was not an afterthought. Jesus was the Lamb Who was slain from the very foundation of the world. Before there was a universe, the Godhead purposed that Jesus Christ would come to pay the ultimate price for sins that He never committed.
Paul rebuked the church at Corinth for their irreverent manner of observing The Lord’s Supper. Because of their failure to examine their hearts properly before they partook of the bread and the cup, many were weak, sick and some had even died. We tend to “tone down” those words of Paul today. Could some of the weaknesses, sicknesses and even deaths in the church be because of the lack of reverence when we gather to take The Lord’s Supper? When Jesus tells us to observe The Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Him, He is telling us to never forget the price that He paid to set us free from sin’s debt and sin’s fatal attraction to this fallen world system (verse 32).
May each one of us look afresh with reverence and self-examination of the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary. Why did He die? How then should I live? How does Calvary change the way that I look at and treat others in the body of Christ?