23 我當日傳交給你們的，原是從主領受的，就是主耶穌被出賣的那一夜，他拿起餅來， 24 祝謝了，就擘開，說：“這是我的身體，為你們擘開的；你們應當這樣行，為的是記念我。”25 飯後，照樣拿起杯來，說：“這杯是用我的血所立的新約，你們每逢喝的時候，應當這樣行，為的是記念我。”26 你們每逢吃這餅，喝這杯，就是宣揚主的死，直等到他來。 27 因此，無論甚麼人若用不合適的態度吃主的餅，喝主的杯，就是得罪主的身體、主的血了。 28 所以人應當省察自己，然後才吃這餅，喝這杯。 29 因為那吃喝的人，如果不辨明是主的身體，就是吃喝定在自己的身上的罪了。 30 因此，你們中間有許多人是軟弱的，患病的，而且死了的也不少。 31 我們若仔細省察自己，就不會受審判了。 32 然而我們被主審判的時候，是受他的管教，免得和世人一同被定罪。
23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.
- The communion service is a memorial. As the Israelites ate the Passover meal, each family relived the experience of its ancestors. Today through the bread and cup, we return to the foot of the cross. So, in the communion service, as we are united with Christ through faith, we share His death and His resurrection. “Do this in remembrance” invites us to experience the awesome moment when our salvation was won. It invites us to experience the holy God and to offer Him our thanks, our worship, and our praise.
- If possible, kneel down to pray. Tell God all my gratitude and other emotions for all that Jesus has done on the cross for me. During next communion service, remember to take Communion “in remembrance” of Jesus and His Sacrificial Love.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.