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10th March 2023


The Power of Communion

Communion is an open invitation to fellowship with the Lord through a special meal.
We can come at any time & in any place. As individuals or as a community of believers.
It is the Communion meal’s significance & symbolism that makes it sacred.
Whilst we can come anytime the manner in which we come is important.
We will consider that today.


For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven,
nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:7b-8

Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord
in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26


We must come to our great King’s Communion table in all sincerity & truth.
Reverently, humbly & willing to examine our hearts & lives.
We come before the Worthy (Revelation 4:11, 5:9 & 12) One in a worthy manner.
There are repeated exhortations to walk in a worthy manner before the Lord throughout the New Testament!!
In doing so we avoid the judgement that comes from dishonouring the Lord & this special meal.

The Corinthian church was dishonouring the Lord’s table & the Communion meal.
As a result they were bringing judgement upon themselves (1 Corinthians 11:27-32).
Some were sick, others were weak & some of them had died.
Paul’s exhortation was for them to judge themselves to avoid falling under the judgement of the Lord.
We are those who must learn from the example of those who have gone before us.
That means there must be an examination of our hearts before we come to the Communion table.
It is a most special & sumptuous spiritual meal, but it is also a sacred & therefore a serious meal.
We must examine & judge our hearts so that we do not treat the Lord’s great sacrifice in an unworthy manner. SELAH

We have been set free from the penalty of sin & the power of sin has been broken by Christ’s death upon the cross.
However, until His return the presence of sin remains in this world.
In a sin saturated world we can easily slip back into the old patterns & habits of the old man.
The good news is that if we will confess our sins He will cleanse us afresh (1 John1:9).
He is so loving, gracious & faithful. Hallelujah!! Thank you, Jesus.

There is an open invitation to the Communion table but it requires a proper preparation of the heart to rightly approach it.
We must examine the attitudes, ambitions & appetites at work & play within us.
We must be right with God & right with our fellow man as we partake of the Lord’s body & blood.
Putting to death the old man & fully embracing our new humanity ‘In Christ’ (Romans 6:6; Colossians 3:8-10).
That again is part of the power of Communion. O what a mighty saviour!!!
Keep putting on the new man ‘In Christ’!!!


For Reflection

  • Find some scriptures that relate to walking in a worthy manner before the Lord. Do they reflect me?
  • How good am I at searching & knowing my heart (Psalm 139:23-24)?
  • Meditate upon the manner in which we are to approach Communion.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that you are faithful & just to forgive my sins,
That the price& penalty for sin is forever paid in Christ’s great sacrifice.
Jesus thank you that You shed Your precious blood to save me,
And that You are ever ready to cleanse & purify me afresh.
Holy Spirit keep me rightly judging & examining my heart,
Laying aside the old humanity to put on the new,
Give me help & strength to walk in a worthy manner before the Lord.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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