What Communion Means.Bro. David Chancellor
11/4/2001 6:00 PM
We are considering the last supper and how the time was spent. They were having a time of communion, but there was one there that was not in communion but would betray. Peter objected to having his feet washed by Jesus. Jesus told him he didn't understand now, but would later. We should observe the lessons Christ gave. He washed their feet to teach them a lesson; he as their master (which he still is) gave them an example of humility. Part of the communion service is an examination of ourselves, of what God has done for us and our position in relation to God. There should be nothing toward our fellowman. All grudges and bitterness should be gone. We should be concerned that we don't eat bread with Christ and lift up our heel against him. Christ also washed Judas' feet. When the disciples heard that one of them would betray Christ, they questioned, "is it me?" When Judas left, they had no idea what was going on. There are times when we need to examine ourselves. We know ourselves best. It is good if after a time of examination you have passed. We should desire that there would be nothing in our life that would be unacceptable to God.
1 Corinthians 11:23-32
We need to know and apply that which God has given us. Christ was broken for us. The point is not in a literal sense, but to see the effect of our life and sins on Christ; that his body was broken, and his blood was shed for us. The blood of Christ must be applied to your heart. Jesus was broken for us. He did it for our heart and soul. It is by this that the soul of man is healed from its sinful condition. If you have been saved, and then sin, you crucify him afresh. We need to see the greatness of what Christ did and the great responsibility we have when we claim his name. It is good to stop and think, "How are things between me and God?" Jesus died to take away things that need taken away. He would have us stop and reflect on how things are. If there are problems there, it should send us to our knees. Things need to be kept clear. Our spiritual standing is the most important part of our life. Many of humanity's problems begin as spiritual problems and then show up in other ways. Healing is not spiritual standing, but a good spiritual standing can help our physical well-being. "If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." Examination doesn't have to bring condemnation. If all is clear it will just re-affirm our standing with God. It is something we need to do often.
1 Corinthians 10:15-17
Communion has to do with us and Christ. Do we have communion with God? If Christ doesn't accept you, the acceptance of others means nothing. Our standing with God is the important thing. The basis of being one body and one bread is partaking of the one spiritual bread - of Christ bringing us together. Are we partaking of that one bread? Do we know things are right between us and God? Are things right between us and others?