26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26
Instead of just taking Holy Communion on Sunday, the Apostle Paul encourages us to receive from the Lord as often as we desire. When we eat the bread and drink the cup, we are proclaiming the blessings and benefits we receive from Christ’s crucified body and blood.
The Greek word for “proclaiming” is “kataggellõ” which means to openly declare, preach and teach the truth. Whenever we practice communion, the Apostle Paul is calling us to do two things: to look back at what Jesus’ death meant and to look forward to Jesus’ second coming. Jesus’ death frees us from the bondage of sin and personal condemnation and gives us a right standing before God. Jesus’ second coming invites us to live a life fully unto the Lord and receive rewards by God’s grace at the judgment seat of Christ.
Properly understood, communion is not a time when we search our hearts for sin and try to make ourselves worthy to receive the bread and the cup. Rather, it is a time when we remind our hearts again that it is Jesus who makes us worthy to receive all things from the Father through the Holy Spirit.
Practice communion daily, if possible.
It is not an empty ritual, but an enriching relationship with the Lord.
When we are able to engage ourselves with the Lord at a place and point of authentic love and friendship, we will learn to rest everything in His hands. To rest is to be fully persuaded that with God all things are possible. Our Lord will heal you first, and then He will heal what really matters to you: your marriage, your family and your community.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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