Tonight Pastor Cuozzo preached from 1 Corinthians 11, verses 23 through 32, as we commemorated, celebrated, and contemplated the Lord, partaking in the evening’s special service, the Lord’s Supper.
In the New Testament, we are commanded to do two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act which calls to mind the death, resurrection, and return of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are three important aspects of this special act.
1.) It is a time of commemoration. Jesus Christ suffered for us; He suffered for our sins. He endured shame, rejection, poverty, pain, and death. As such, we commemorate His suffering. “And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.” (1 Cor 11:24, 25) The breaking of the bread was symbolic of Christ’s body being broken. The squeezing of the juice was symbolic of His blood that was shed. The Lord’s Supper commemorates Christ’s sacrifice – to redeem us, the lost world.
2.) It is a time to celebrate. It is a time to rejoice and celebrate Christ’s compassion on us, even though we were unlovely. We celebrate His conquest over death and in taking our sins from us. Jesus Christ is the reigning King on high. He is the “Lord of lords.” We celebrate His coming in an attitude of expectancy. As we celebrate, we believe that He is coming again as He has promised us: “I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.” (John 14:3)
3.) It is a time to contemplate. This is a time of thinking, confessing, examining, and discerning. It is not God’s desire to condemn His children. He desires at this moment that we get our hearts right with Him. “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1 Cor 11:31) We must contemplate our sanctification. Are you saying no to the Lord? This is a time to contemplate the things that we have omitted. Are there things that you know you ought to do, yet don’t? “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
Are you amongst those who are redeemed? God deserves our love; we need to commemorate, celebrate, and contemplate the Lord. — at Bible Baptist Church of New Egypt, NJ.