Key Habits for Sunday Readiness Day 5 – Remember and Appreciate Christ
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Luke 22:17-20, ESV)
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:15-16, ESV)
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29, ESV)
In our study on key habits for Sunday readiness, we have covered how to prepare ourselves to be ready beforehand and how to ensure that we contribute to the remembrance of the Lord. Today we will be looking at the topic of the Lord’s Supper: the Lord Jesus Christ. The passage we read in Luke 22 is about when the Lord Jesus Himself instituted the Lord’s Supper. In that upper room, not long before He would be betrayed by one of His own disciples and led to the cross to be crucified, Jesus instituted a remembrance that would be carried on by His followers from then even until now. This is the same breaking of bread gathering (communion) we read about in Acts 2:42 on day three of this study and the same reason the believers in Acts 20 met regularly on the first day of the week.
As Christians, we have the unique privilege of being able to gather regularly to His name. During that meeting together, prayers of worship are heard, hymns of praise are sung, thoughts are shared, bread and wine are passed around, and all in attendance are there to remember Him. Even the configuration of the gathering shows the importance of the occasion. The chairs are set up with everyone’s seat facing a table in the center of the gathering. On this table are a loaf of bread and a cup of wine, just as the Lord commanded. There can be no doubt Who this meeting is about.
I should note that the prayers of the brethren should be both scriptural and reverent. There can certainly be new appreciations about the Lord Jesus, but they should be consistent with what we read of His character in the Bible. The verses we read in Hebrews 12 remind us of the reverence with which we should treat our God. Yes, the writer to the Hebrews reminds believers that we do not live under a covenant of works but a covenant of grace, yet the God of the Israelites is the same One we serve today. He is holy, undefiled, all-powerful, gracious, merciful, and worthy of all our praise and adoration. If you do not attend a church in which there is a specific meeting where the breaking of bread is carried out as outlined in Scripture, I would suggest you reconsider going to a church that does so. It would be my prayer that this study would serve as an encouragement to all to attend a place where the Lord’s Supper is regularly carried out, and that we make sure to prepare and share our appreciations of Christ.