“…In Remembrance Of Me…”(I Cor.11:23-29).
These days at public functions when it is time to go to table most MCs advise if you are privileged to serve yourself first, you should not build a moutain in their plate. And that when serving yourself you should remember that others are coming behind you.
Indeed, it is disgusting to see somebody mixing rice, salade, yams, ndole, beans and stew all at one go. Some even serve rice, achu and salad all at once! Imagine mixing achu soup with salad cream and stew in one plate! What manner of greed!
It was such greed that was exhibited in the church at Corinth when people came for the Lord’s Supper. Early comers just went ahead “without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk,” and “humiliate those who have nothing.”(I Cor.11:20-22).
Because of this exhibition of greed and self-centredness, Paul had to remind them of what the Lord Jesus Christ did and said when he instituted the Supper. Paul went further, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
Anyway, thanks to the Corinthian behaviour, we now have the Lord’s Supper in the way we have it today – small wafer and a sip of wine, equitably shared.
Dear friend, the important message we should take to heart on this Holy Thursday as we commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper is this stern advice from Paul: “Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an umworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.”
Of the Lord it is written,“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain…” If the Lamb is worthy, then woe betides us when we receive him in an unworthy manner.
This is a call for intensive self-examination before receiving the Lord’s Supper. That is why there is a penitentiary service before the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. It is for our good to abstain from the Lord’s Supper than to receive it in an unworthy manner!
Prayer: Holy Spirit purify and strengthen me so that I do not receive the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner. Amen!
Have a blessed Holy Thursday! Peace be with you!