10/02/11 Remember the Cross and the Savior!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Under: Sermon

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: on the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, 24 gave thanks, broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way [He] also [took] the cup, after supper, and said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

1 Peter 5:7 (HCSB) “casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.”

Application: Proclaim the Lord’s Death until He comes! Intro:

What is Communion All About? First thing that usually comes to my mind is the importance of remembering the Cross and the debt that was paid. The Bible tells us: On the night that He was to be betrayed He introduced one of the most important things that a Christian will ever be able to experience or have…or be a part of. In are text today the first communion service is introduced. There is a meal involved and on the Menu is Jesus: sharing bread and fruit of the vine is actually a symbol of His body and blood that was placed on the altar for our sins. It is important to note that what communion is not: not a means to salvation, not a meaningless formal ceremony. Something else that I believe that is often neglected when having this sacrament or communion is – the Lord’s table needs to be recognize as a place the believer can leave some useless things. Today’s challenge for you will be, what have you left at the table?

1. Leave All Your Guilt

We must first recognize that Communion does not save you, but these symbols speak of salvation. Communion is evangelistic; it is always a good time to come in faith to Christ. A time of heart-searching for believers, Time to confess our sins: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

Part of the Communion experience is understanding what we are doing in remembrance of Christ and how our sins can be forgiven when we leave our guilt at the altar. In confessing our sins, we are free from guilt.

1 Corinthians 11:26-29

2. Leave All Your Grudges

We are celebrating forgiveness, His death purchased forgiveness and we receive this forgiveness by faith, we can forgive because we have been forgiven!

“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.”] And they divided His clothes and cast lots.” Luke 23:34 (HCSB)

We have never been wronged as He was wronged, Jesus forgave His crucifiers; we can also forgive! Thank you Lord for forgiving us of all our unrighteousness!

3. Leave All Your Bitterness

The message of the cross removes bitterness, Jesus was in the Upper room with His disciples and He knew His betrayer and still forgave him, no bitterness in Christ despite His suffering. Look at Jesus example: 1 Peter 2:19-25 (HCSB)

How can we be bitter when He endured such pain? If we can focus on Jesus we can forgive. HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE CROSS?

4. Leave All Your Burdens

Jesus cared enough to die for us. He cares enough to keep us day by day, The cross proves His love. Trust Him to take away anxiety and care: 1 Peter 5:7 (HCSB) “casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.”

Conclusion:

What you get out of Communion depends on what you are willing to put into it. George C. Needham on the Lord’s Table: “The Lord’s table is like a great bridge spanning the entire interval of the Church’s history on earth. One end of it rests on the shame of the cross, the other is planted in the glory of the Kingdom. This feast sustains a threefold relationship to the Christian.

It is a reminder of our past justification.
It is a reminder of our present provisions in the new life.
It is the pledge of our future blessedness and glory.

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