by David and Stephen Olford
Text: "This do in remembrance of me" (1 Cor. 11:24; also verses 23-29).
Thought: Jesus instructed His disciples to regard this ordinance as a command to be obeyed: He said, "This do." The fulfillment of the Lord's last request constitutes:
An Act of Communion: "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ" (1 Cor. 10:16). The celebration of the Lord's Supper should be the distinct expression of the unity of ALL believers, and not merely the unity of a certain number gathered on certain principles, which distinguish them from others. The one cup and the one loaf mentioned here symbolize the whole church of Jesus Christ and not a mere section of it.
An Act of Commemoration: "This do in remembrance of me" (1 Cor. 11:24-25). We remember the Lord Jesus in terms of His glorious Person, His redemptive work, and His abiding presence. The supreme function of the Holy Spirit at the communion service is to make real to God's people the Lord Jesus through the ministry of the Scriptures and the meaning of the symbols.
An Act of Contemplation: "Ye do show the Lord's death till He come" (1 Cor. 11:26). The word "contemplation" denotes not only meditation on spiritual things, but an expectation of things to come. There is no more worthy focus for our thinking than the glorious person and saving work of our Lord Jesus.
An Act of Consecration: "Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup" (1 Cor. 11:28). No one can observe the ordinance of the Lord's Supper without examination by the Word, cleansing by the blood, and filling by the Spirit. Heaven's response to a Spirit-filled worship is the cross of consecration. How can we take to our lips the bread that speaks of a body given and broken and the blood that tells of an outpoured life, without an inner constraint and response to give our bodies and our blood of consecrated service?
Thrust: As we remember Him, let us surrender to Him.