Proclaiming by Partaking

We have gathered here this morning to proclaim the gospel, according to 1 Corinthians 11:26, the Lord’s Supper is a proclamation of the gospel: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” Every time we eat the Lord’s Supper we proclaim the gospel. We proclaim it to ourselves to sustain faith, and to unbelievers, to awaken faith. The bread symbolizes that he is to be our power by which we obey the demands of God, the Word of God, to love one another, to forgive one another, to be tender and merciful, kind and courteous to one another, to not return evil for evil but to pray for those who persecute us and mistrust us and misuse us. His life in us enables us to be what God asks us to be. We live by means of Christ. Jesus said it himself in John 6, “so he that eats me, even he shall live by means of me,” {cf, John 6:57}. Here is a poem by unknown author:

You brought me back to yourself.
I had tried to go my own way,
Thinking I didn’t need your love.
But you showed me the light of day.

I need you to keep me strong.
I need you to keep me from falling,
I want to keep growing closer to you.
I want always to hear you calling.

This poem captures very accurately what the bread symbolizes to us. Following that, our Lord took the cup. The fruit of the vine of the cup symbolizes his blood which he said is the blood of the New Covenant, the new arrangement for living that God has made, by which the old life is ended. That is what blood always means: Blood is the end of a life, and the old life in which we were dependent upon ourselves, and lived for ourselves, and wanted only to be the center of attention is over. That is what the cup means. We agree to that; we are no longer to live for ourselves. That is why, we can say. “You are not your own. You are bought with a price.” You do not have final rights to your life, and the price is the blood of Jesus. Therefore, when we take that cup and drink it, we are publicly proclaiming that we agree with that sentence of death upon our old life, and believe that the Christian life is a continual experience of life coming out of death.

–Michael Dorsey

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