The Gospel

by Jeff A. Jenkins
This Sunday, millions of people around the world will pause to think about Jesus. Practically the whole world will recognize something this weekend that Christians think about every week of their lives.
Jesus Christ was crucified on Mount Calvary, he was buried in a borrowed tomb, and three days later was raised from the dead. The Apostle Paul calls this the Gospel (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
The word “Gospel” comes from the Greek word, “euaggelion,” meaning good news or glad tidings. In the New Testament, it relates specifically to the glad tidings of salvation through Christ.
The good news is that we who were once lost in sin (Ephesians 2:12), have now been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus. In 1 Peter 1:18-19 we read:

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

Some argue that if we partake of the Lord’s Supper every week it will lose its meaning, its significance, or its appeal.
Think about the activities that we are involved with every week (some every day), that never lose their significance. We enjoy numerous meals, we tell our mates we love them (that is if we are the kind of spouse we should be), we provide for our families, we sleep every night, and we bathe regularly.
If we perform these tasks and they don’t lose significance how can we say that remembering our Savior each week by observing the communion loses its significance?
Our first brothers and sisters in Christ observed the communion of the Lord every week. Paul remained in Troas several days so that he could commune with the church. (Acts 20:6-7)
Jesus had earlier told his followers that he would be with them in the church when they partook of the supper he prepared for them. (Matthew 22:15-16) Paul reminded the Corinthian church of the importance of the communion service. (1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
May God help his church to always remember the death, burial, and resurrection of his Son every week, and may our remembering never lose its significance.

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