For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. — I Corinthians 11:26

There are three things that are happening, well at least three, when we are celebrating the Lord’s Table. First we are remembering and proclaiming the Lord’s death. He was our Passover Lamb— the final, perfect, blameless Lamb of God (I Corinthians 5:7; I Peter 1:18-21). “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2:2). Ponder that and this is truly an astounding statement of the Lord’s sacrifice for us on the cross. It is also an eternally serious mistake to reject His finished work at the cross (John 10:30). To do so brings eternal judgment on oneself. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). It is also serious sin for a believer to disobey Him and can cause one to be sick or even be judged by God in physical death (I Corinthians 11:27-32).

Secondly, we are proclaiming His death until He comes. He is no longer dead. He arose, “The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:3-4). In between “proclaiming His death” and “until He comes” is the resurrection from the dead. Jesus is alive!

Thirdly, Jesus is coming back. One day, “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen” (Revelation 1:7). “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am “(John 14:1-3). One day we will go and be with Jesus. Rejoice!

Dear Father, thank You for the finished work of Jesus on the cross, for His resurrection, for His preparing a place for us and for the promise of coming back one day. May I be faithful until I see Him face to face. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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