For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Paul “received from the Lord” the description of the Last Supper. Paul was not one of the original disciples; He wasn’t with Jesus during His lifetime. Yet he writes in detail about what was said and done at the Passover meal on the night Jesus was arrested. This must mean that it is very important and we should pay attention to it. Not only are we to take the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion, we are to do in remembrance of Him and to proclaim His death—His sacrifice for our salvation—until His Second Coming.
Father God, forgive me for the times I take the Body and Blood of Jesus without being deeply conscious of and grateful for the sacrifice Jesus made so my sins could be forgiven. Help me through the Holy Spirit to remember always, especially when I take Communion, the great love You have for us and the great sacrifice Jesus made for me. Thank You that He washed away my sin. In His name. Amen.
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