In a brief moment of peace in an otherwise hectic day in St. Augustine, Florida, we gathered Third Day and Glory Revealed personnel for Communion. Having studied the Lord's Supper a lot lately I was able to mention 5 key reasons why we celebrate Communion in fellowship with one another and with the Lord:
Covenant- it reminds us of the New Covenant sealed in the blood of Jesus. An indication of God's love and commitment towards us despite our sinfulness and waywardness.
Remembrance- we have been commanded to remember the Lord's death until he comes. The Greek word used here for 'remembrance' signifies not just remembering but also identifying with the act being remembered.
Obedience- if for no other reason, Christ commanded us to participate in the Lord's Supper. That's good enough for me!
Spiritual food-Paul talks about the physical dangers of entering into the Lord's Supper with the wrong attitude, and conversely recognizes that by partaking humbly and with an element of honest self-examination we receive spiritual strength and sustenance, even healing.
Second Coming of Jesus- the Lord's Supper is to be taken 'until he comes' and the certainty is that one day He will return. Communion reminds us of the hope of that confident expectation.
READ 1 Corinthians 11.22-33