1Corinthians 11:17-34

(Maundy Thursday)

We are often advised against looking back. Yet there are times when we must look back and
recollect. The Lord’s Supper is such a time. Each time we commemorate the Lord’s Supper,
we look back to the night when Jesus was betrayed (v.23) and also at His death. We also look
ahead to His return – the blessed hope of the church (v.26b). Moreover, in the Lord’s Supper,
we look within (vs.27-28, 31-32) to examine our hearts, judge and confess the sins in our
own lives before God exposes them. If we eat and drink in an unworthy manner, we bring
judgment on ourselves. Finally, in the Lord’s Supper, we look around (vs.33-34) to discern
the Lord’s body and demonstrate its unity.
The Lord’s Supper is a time of remembrance, repentance and renewal. In it, you can find the
reason for your existence as a believer and hope for your future. It is God’s way of getting us
to keep the cross of Christ central in our lives and nourishing and refreshing our souls for
eternal life. Each time you partake of the bread and the cup, remember that Jesus Christ took
“your hell” so you might have His heaven. If you receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour, the Holy
Spirit reminds you of this memorial each time you commune with the Lord! What a fitting
memorial!

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for the memorial ordained for my benefit. Grant that it does not
take the place of Christ in me.