Author: Ron Graham
In this Bible study series called "Remember" it is appropriate that we include a lesson about the memorial Supper which Jesus instituted. This is a chart lesson based on 1Corinthians 11:20-34.
"Do this in remembrance of me."
The Lord’s Supper is a memorial supper, a ceremony of remembrance. When we partake of the unleavened bread, we remember that Christ’s body was cruelly treated and nailed to the cross. When we partake of the fruit of the vine, we remember that the blood of Christ was poured out of his body. His body and blood were a sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 10:19-20).
"For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death..."
When we assemble to partake of the Lord’s Supper, we are making a statement that Christ died for the world, and we set an example to all those who observe us keeping our weekly appointment with the Lord at his table. This includes the lost. Going to the Supper is preaching by example. Anyone can preach Christ in this manner (Colossians 4:5).
"...eat this bread and drink this cup... till he come."
For each of us individually, "till he comes" means "till I die". That is why the hymn writer called it "the little while between". We know that eternity could be upon any one of us at any moment either by death or by the Lord’s return. The Lord’s Supper week by week helps us stay focussed on the real purpose of this short life (James 4:14, Revelation 3:3).
"Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup."
We are to partake of the Lord’s Supper in a spirit of self examination. When we examine ourselves honestly, we find ourselves unrighteous without Christ, and greatly in need of the sacrifice he made. We see his death as our life. The Lord’s Supper encourages us to re-dedicate ourselves to being crucified with Christ and letting him live in us (Romans 12:3, Galatians 2:20).
1Corinthians 11:29 compare v.27
"He eats and drinks judgment to himself who does not judge the body (and the blood of the Lord) rightly."
We judge Christ’s body rightly when we recognise that Christ in the flesh was killed as a sacrifice for sin, that he was then raised up from the dead, and that he later ascended into heaven and was glorified (Acts 2:23-24). He lives and reigns as Lord in glory today (Acts 3:13). At the Lord’s Table, we eat and drink in recognition and discernment of these truths.