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Communion

The most important event in history is when Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.

Most nations have special days in which they remember important events in history. New Zealand has Waitangi Day. The United States has Independence Day. The Ukraine has Day of Unity. Likewise, since Christians make up “a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9), they have a special day that they recognise called, “the Lord’s Day” (Revelation 1:10). It is the day in which they celebrate freedom, not from another nation, but from sin!

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” John 8:31-34.

Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:16-18.

On the night that Judas betrayed Christ, Jesus made a new meal for His disciples. It involved unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (grape juice; Matthew 26:17, 26-29). He told His disciples, “do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Corinthians 11:24). It was a simple meal, yet it represented the most important event in history. Hours after the meal, Christ was betrayed into the hands of sinners. He was then crucified. Three days later, on the first day of the week, He rose from the grave, claiming that day for Himself (Sunday; Matthew 28:1; John 20).

When the Great Commission was given to His disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), we see they carried on the Lord’s meal to the cities they preached in. They met with the disciples and “broke bread” on “the first day of the week” (Acts 2:42; 20:7). It was clear that disciples were to gather together on every first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). The purpose in doing so was to share in the meal known as “the Lord’s Supper,” “communion,” or “the Lord’s table,” (depending on your translation; 1 Corinthians 10:16-22). In fact, the church meeting in Corinth was chastised for not coming together for the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20). Instead, they had turned their meal into selfishness.

Just as New Zealanders celebrate Waitangi Day every time it comes around, so should Christians celebrate the Lord’s Day every time it comes around. It isn’t Easter, which is a manmade holiday. The Lord’s Day is every first day of the week. If you are a Christian, be sure you meet with the local saints this Sunday to remember the Lord in His special meal on His special day.

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. Acts 20:7.

I love you with the love of the Lord,

Lance

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