Thoughts On The Lord’s Supper 4

sweeping under rug (4-20-18)

Repentance is an important part of both
becoming a Christian and
celebrating the Lord’s Supper.

Repentance is not walking around whipping yourself for the rest of your life…

Yet while repentance is not often pleasant in the short-run,
it leads us to amazing benefits in heaven AND on earth!

It leads to refreshment from the LORD:

Acts 3:19: Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…

We try to refresh ourselves by thinking our sin isn’t a big deal,
or by convincing ourselves that our sins are good;

In our spiritual dehydration,
we often double-down and sin more to try to refresh ourselves,
like a sailor stranded on the ocean
guzzling more saltwater to try to quench thirst.

But there is a refreshment from God that only comes through repentance,
through acknowledging our guilt in specific ways
and putting down the saltwater
and crying to the Lord Jesus for His Living Water,

turning from sin to the Savior for Him to both
forgive us from past sins and
cleanse us from all our internal unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Want true refreshment from God?
Be truly repentant to God…

being repentant doesn’t mean you are forever to feel depressed
and forever to beat yourself up…

but neither does it mean that the love of God
will always make us feel good and happy and smiling all the time.

Repentance means lifting up the rug—
under which we have diligently swept our sins for years—
and fully exposing them
before the holy eyes of Almighty God.

Repentance is turning from our general and specific sins
and turning toward Jesus as our Savior & King!!!

That is what we do when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper…

1 Corinthians 11 NIV

“23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you:

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,
24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said,
“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

“25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood;
do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Communion - Unleavened Bread With Chalice Of Wine And Cross Light