On Sunday, July 29, we will have the pleasure to participate in the Lord’s Supper again as a church family. This is an important time because we are able to celebrate a number of items that actually set us apart from the world and define us as disciples of Jesus Christ or Christians.
First, we are celebrating the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Without this work, there would be no need for us to gather this Sunday or any Sunday, because we would still be dead in our sins and trespasses (Ephesians 2:1-3). This, of course, is the great gospel message. Jesus Christ took on human form and lived a completely sinless life. He willingly went to the cross, took on our sins, and suffered the punishment for those sins: the wrath of God. In exchange of our sin and rebellion, we received the righteousness of God. Because of the person and work of Christ, when we believe the gospel and repent, we are justified with God. We are reconciled, at peace with God! We enter into an eternal relationship with the one true God of the universe. The Holy Spirit indwells us and we are born again. Hallelujah! (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:1-11; John 3:1-18). We celebrate out of gratefulness, but more importantly, because Christ commanded us to do this in remembrance of him (1 Corinthians 11:24).
Not only do we have the opportunity to remember and celebrate God’s great love and sacrifice for us, we are able to look forward to the day when will be completely glorified and united with the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and our fellow believers from every tribe, nation, and tongue in a new world without the presence of sin (Romans 8:18-25; Revelation 7:9-12)! This the certain hope that strengthens us to persevere in this world of hurt and disappointment.
The Blessing of Covenant Membership
Additionally, at the celebration of our Lord’s Supper we are afforded the opportunity to celebrate the covenant agreement which makes us Green Pond Baptist Church. This covenant demonstrates the covenant relationship that we each have, not only with God in salvation, but also with each other. This covenant is the basis for our gathering together to “spur one another on in love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:23-25). This covenant is the basis for how we hold each other accountable to live a life worthy of the name of Christian. This covenant is the basis for confessing our sins to one another, admonishing one another, and forgiving one another when we are wronged (Colossians 3:16). Ultimately, this covenant binds us together as members of the Bride of Christ, the Church. The Holy Spirit is the power that propels us to do this and this is our purpose as God’s Church: to display his manifold wisdom to the authorities in the heavenly places and the world (Ephesians 3:10-11). This covenant, this agreement we have entered into because of our faith in Christ, is why we can handle disagreements differently from the world. Why we can love each other even when we disappoint each other. Why we treat others better than we treat ourselves. Why put aside our preferences and agendas to glorify God!
So, as we prepare to partake of the Lord’s Supper this coming Sunday, let us do so with grateful hearts. Grateful for what Christ has done for us. Grateful for what we look forward to with certainty, when we will be adopted as sons and daughters of God. Grateful that we have each other to walk with, encourage one another, admonish one another, and forgive one another. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
For His Glory,