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Communion Meditations (2022)


After Supper

Originally scheduled for April 24

In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

(1 Corinthians 11:25 NASB)


A common misimpression among Christians is that the Lord’s Supper was part of a Passover meal. If you will notice the two words underlined in the translation above, you will see that in fact Christ implemented what we now call communion after they had finished with Passover. The point is not particularly well emphasized, so it’s a common misconception. But it is clearly something that happened after the Passover meal — “after supper.” By implication this would include the bread as well as the cup.


The point is not insignificant. It implies that Christ was implementing something completely new. We sometimes forget this and view the Lord’s Supper as nothing but a ritual meal, an external action only.


The author of Hebrews tells us otherwise. He makes the contrast between the old covenant, one largely composed of rules and regulations and the new one which Christ implemented. The old covenant was based around the idea that if you obeyed all the rules and went through all the rituals you are okay with God. But we know what this led to: hypocrisy, particularly among the leaders of the faith. This was often accompanied by a “holier-than-thou” attitude which left the average worshiper convinced that there were two kinds of Jews: holy and ordinary.


For the sake of the ordinary man, Christ implemented the new covenant. The author of Hebrews tells that this is a better covenant, because it has better promises and a better guarantee. The main reason for this is its effect on the holier-than-thou attitude — it eliminates it. The new covenant is kept in the heart and mind of the believer. There is where the Holy Spirit does His work. The function of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of sin and judgment — which necessarily implies that everyone who says he is a Christian is admitting to being a sinner.


Therefore, before you partake this morning, examine yourself and see if your living the new covenant life. If you are, there is no trace of hypocrisy in you. Indeed there should be no legalism in your life either and certainly no holier-than-thou attitude either. If you find such in your heart, ask yourself this: “am I doing ‘just enough’ or am I a full hearted Christian believer?


Remember what Christ sacrificed so that you might have this new covenant. He went to the cross so that you might live eternally. Are you doing your part in return?

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