In Remembrance of Me

When Jesus Christ established His church, He established two ordinances; the ordinance of believers’ baptism and the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. Members of His church are
commanded to observe each of these ordinances. Many believers who would never be disobedient in the area of baptism are regularly and rebelliously disobedient regarding the Lord’s Supper. Most of us are familiar with the words of Christ regarding this memorial meal, “This remembrance of Me.” Let us not be slothful or sinful as we consider the words of our Master. For the first two words of His admonition are "This do."

In his commentary on 1 Corinthians Dr. John MacArthur writes, This do in remembrance of Me is a command from the lips of our Lord Himself. Sharing in the Lord’s Supper is therefore not an option for believers. We must have (it) on a regular basis if we are to be faithful to the Lord who bought us through the act we are called to remember. Not to partake of the Lord’s Supper is disobedience and a sin.”

Members of Emmanuel, we will be partaking of the Lord's Supper this Sunday evening. While many will be out of town with the Labor Day weekend (and I pray you have an awesome time of worship and fellowship with your family) I want to challenge the rest of our members to be at the table of remembrance.

Since we typically take the Lord's Supper in the evening (it's called the Lord's Supper and not the Lord's breakfast)...and since some church members never attend the evening worship service...we have scores of Emmanuel members who have been disobedient to this command of the Lord Jesus for DECADES. Beloved, if I did not attend the evening worship service on a regular basis, I would at least attend the evenings we served the Lord's Supper. After all, our Sovereign Lord said, "This do."

You will notice my preferred title of "The Lord's Supper." The name "communion" has often been used to connect this church ordinance to the pagan notion of transubstantiation, a bizarre belief that the elements actually become the body and blood of the Lord. This belief is heretical in its own right because it envisions an ongoing sacrifice of Christ thereby inherently denying the sufficiency of His death on the cross (Hebrews 10). It teaches its adherents that we actually and literally "commune" with God at the Lord's Supper table. After all, they say, Christ literally is "on the table."

Don't get me wrong. I know words can change their meaning over time. I am not suggesting that it is paganism to call the Lord's Supper "communion." No doubt, I will use occasionally that title myself out of mere habit. But I do believe the term "The Lord's Supper" is a more accurate name for this meal.

There are many questions and theological debates that rage concerning the Lord's Supper. One thing, however, is crystal clear. Jesus said, "This do." Sunday night, we will observe the commandment of the Lord. I hope to see each of you there.