The Lord's Supper
Biblical Teachings on The Lord's Supper
by Norman H. Wells
Former Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Cincinnati
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Chapter 4


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"This do . . . in remembrance of me." (I Corinthians 11:25.)

Scriptural References: I Corinthians 11:24.

The believer is to partake of the Lord's Supper in remembrance of Christ.

We love to recall our first meeting with loved ones!! What pleasant things are enjoyed in reminiscing! The believer cherishes the many times he found Christ to be all sufficient, the many times in life that he met Christ in the manifold ways that Christ is entwined in the believer's life.

The believer first meets Christ in conviction. Who can fail to remember the time when the realization of sin and guilt first began to break upon the heart and conscience? As a sinner, guilty and lost, Christ seemed so far away!! The gulf of sin that separates the sinner from God seems impassable. The helplessness, the loneliness, the guilt, the fears of conviction seem unbearable.

Remember meeting Christ in repentance? With conviction came the recognition of sin!! Hideous sin!! Sin that wrecks the life, blasts the future, and condemns the soul. Sin that separates from God! The first impression received when the believer, in repentance, recognizes sin is generally the one remembered. Hating sin, not only for what it has done personally but also for what it has done to Christ!!

The believer will remember the deep regret that came because of sin! Godly sorrow!! Shame!! Not only, however, recognizing sin and regretting but also rejecting sin. That holy urge that God gives to turn from sin, to be forever free from sin!! When things once loved become repulsive! Sin becomes a despised, loathsome thing!! Remember? ? At the table of the Lord, the believer should remember! Do we still hate sin? Is it still repulsive and loathsome? Or perhaps there has been a mellowing, a toning down, a compromise!

Who can describe the glory of when the sinner first meets Christ in faith?? The experience is possibly never the same with any two but it is always the mountain peak of any life!

Christ wants us to remember! The time of conviction and repentance when the sinner is in the depths of despair. All hope is gone! He is utterly helpless!! Pride and self-righteousness have fallen! Alone, sinful and lost!! David said, "In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God, and he did hear." Remember? Oh, the sweetness and joy of calling upon the Lord from the depths of repentance. The overwhelming relief to know, "he did hear!" The repentant sinner meeting Christ at the cross and accepting Him as a personal Saviour.

"At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight
And now I am happy all the day."

Remember? The most magnificent moment occurs when the light of the gospel shines forth in the blackness of sin and another child of God is born again. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

The glorious truth of the gospel expands even further; not only is the believer saved by faith but also lives by faith. Christ will lead in a happy, victorious, overcoming life all those who trust Him.

Remember the thrill of meeting Christ in service? The believer can be led out into fields of service as an ambassador for Christ!! This is the "labour of love," to be a servant of God. With the exception of the believer's own salvation nothing can compare with the joy of pointing someone else to the Lamb of God.

Sometimes we meet Christ in sorrow, in pain, and in heartbreak. It may be in the valley of the shadow of death. The song writer expressed it this way.

"What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear;
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer.

"Oh what peace we often forfeit,
Oh what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer."

The comfort and strength that Christ gives in time of distress is beyond words to portray.

Remember the Word! One day we shall see Him as He is! We will be like Him!! Redeemed and glorified!!

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

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