by Jeff A. Jenkins
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
“Jack, you are spectacular,” Jack Nicklaus was told during an interview one day. “Your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What is your secret?” Jack’s reply? “The holes are numbered.”
There is so much about life that we attempt to make more difficult than it really is. Accordingly, there are some among us who are attempting to complicate the Lord’s Supper.
However, on the night that our Lord instituted the supper he took a common piece of unleavened bread and the very common “fruit of the vine,” as the symbols of remembrance. No large structures, no high-priced emblems, just bread and juice.
Every time we gather as the Body of the Lord, we are to remember. Remember God’s love for us (John 3:16, Romans 5:8), remember our Savior’s willingness to die for us, remember the suffering he endured (Hebrews 12:3), remember that he purchased us with his blood (1 Peter 1:18-19), remember that he came forth from the grave on the third day (Matthew 28:1-6), and remember that he is preparing Heaven for us (John 14:1-4).
As God’s gathered family, we have the great blessing of communing together. One of the meanings of the word “koinonia” is “joint participation.” Therefore, when we gather around the table we are not only communing with our Lord, we are also communing with one another.
Paul instructed the Corinthian Christians that they should wait on one another (1 Corinthians 11:33). Apparently, some of them were getting in a hurry and they were forgetting how important it was for them to commune together.
While some want to complicate matters when it comes to our worship to God, the truth is, it’s just not that difficult!
by Jeff A. Jenkins