Story Telling…

… 1 Cor 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

We are telling a story when we eat this meal.  You are showing or proclaiming the death of Christ to three audiences.  First and foremost you are proclaiming the death of Christ to God the Father.  In Isaiah 53:11 almighty God says that the Father shall see the labor of His servant’s soul and be satisfied.  We present to God the labor of The Son because our labors are so deficient.  He sees His Son’s work and is pleased.

We also proclaim the death of Jesus Christ to the Church.  We are presented with the death of Christ as an aid to our faith.  The hymn writer once wrote, Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross, and this meal is a regular  reminder that Isaiah 53:5 is true: He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Finally we proclaim His death to the world.  We are literally proclaiming to the world, Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  We bid the watching world to look upon the one whom they have pierced and to mourn.  We bid the world to mourn and promise them that those who mourn over their sin and the pierced Savior of their souls, they shall be comforted.

So, let’s proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes again.  Come all you baptized, believing people of God, come taste and see that the Lord is good.

al sends

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2 responses to “Story Telling…

  1. That is a great devotion Al. Thanks
    And I think you are right on. I reached a point many years ago that I became dissatisfied with the program, of most churches at that time, to just “tack” the Lord’s supper on to one end or the other of just any old worship service.
    I followed this pattern for the first two or three years of my pastorate, then I stopped. I would make the Lord’s Supper a complete worship experience all unto it’s self. I even took several old hymns and certain people in the congregation and had them stand and sing (solo) or share a testimony. I turned it into a mini-cantata that was different every time. I did this because I believe very few church members will get still and quite before the Lord and deal with various situations that exist in their life. Our people began to see the difference and enjoy the Lord’s supper more than ever.

    ed

  2. Thank you ed…

    We have a covenant renewal liturgy at our church. It is made up of several elements:

    Every week we have a call to worship, usually out of the Psalms. God calls the whole world to worship Him.

    We then have a confession of sin, followed by thanksgiving and an assurance of pardon.

    This is followed by the confession of the Church. A responsive Psalm and we recite the Apostles Creed or Nicene Creed.

    We are then consecrated by the word. We have at least two readings of scripture followed by a sermon.

    We are then invited to commune with God at the Supper and we have the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day.

    Our service ends with a commissioning to preach the gospel and make disciples of the nations and the Benediction.

    So, in every service we have the gospel on display. Call to repentance, confession of sin, an assurance that those who confess their sins are forgiven, a consecration or sanctification and an escatalogical meal with the King of Kings.

    It is a wonderful picture of the fullness of redemption.

    God bless you ed. Perhaps you will have a chance to visit with us one day if you are not too busy. You are certainly welcome.

    al sends

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