God's Glory: In Communion
Jesus, I could never come to fully appreciate what You have done for me. I stand in wonder of Your love.
1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-34
Are you honoring the reality of the Lord's sacrifice?
What we have here is an early Christian love feast which quickly developed into what we can identify as a Communion service. Paul is deeply critical of the Corinthian Christians as they eat the Lord's Supper (17-21). They met in the home of a wealthy Christian, which was probably not very large, so dining places were allocated on status grounds. Poorer members, uninvited to a meal, would arrive later and possibly hungry. Far from strengthening the community of believers, their celebration of Communion was divisive. It was certainly not an expression of generous hospitality. Yet the Passover celebration, the foundation of this meal, was always meant to have a unifying effect on the wider family (see also 2 Chron. 30; 1 Cor. 10:16,17).
Even Jesus' Passover celebration at his last supper had included a betrayer, as Paul reminds them (23). Right from the beginning, the motivation of participants in a Communion service was mixed and deceptive. No wonder Paul vigorously reminds them that God's judgment is not to be taken lightly (29-32).
Ask God to give you fresh insights into how you participate in a Communion service.
All that is in me, bless the Lord. You alone, Lord, are worthy of honor and praise.