Pastor Ralph Byma
Communion – A Kingdom Perspective
1 Corinthians 11:23-28
New International Version
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.
Communion is a very personal experience. Remember what Christ has done for you. You are redeemed and accepted. Examine yourself – do you want to live according to the values of God’s kingdom. Are you prepared to keep your mind on Christ instead of the ways of this world? Keep your focus on looking forward. Have faith in Jesus. He will not fail. There is no situation or person considered hopeless in God’s kingdom.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
We are invited to look forward. Jesus is coming back and where He is, we will be there with Him.