Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22 Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
1 Cor. 10:14, 21-22
As Paul gave these words of admonition to the people in Corinth he was reminding them of things that they already knew but were in danger of forgetting.
I don’t know about you, but it seems that many Christians are plagued by spiritual forgetfulness. I sure am! It seems that as soon as there are difficult circumstances in my life a kind of amnesia sets in that causes me to forget the goodness of God and many of his other attributes. But this doesn’t only happen when things are hard. Others experience spiritual amnesia when thing are going well. God is easily pushed aside and forgotten when life is easy. In such circumstances we feel like we don’t need him.
It had only been a little over 30 years since the death of Jesus and already the church in Corinth was in danger of forgetting important truths. One such truth was the evil of idolatry and the danger of their selfishness and irreverence in observing the Lord’s Supper.
Paul spoke to the Corinthian church with real affection. He cared deeply for their spiritual well being and knew where they needed to pressed: they needed to reject false gods and demonstrate love and holiness when participating in celebrating the Lord’s Supper. We too fall into the same dangers the Corinthian church did. Here are some things we need to remember.
The last supper Jesus had with his friends before he was arrested was also the Passover meal. It was a meal where the Jews were suppose to remember their miraculous rescue out of Egypt. But the passover was also pointing them to something even grandeur, when a rescuer would come and save them from the power of sin and hell.
When Jesus had the Passover meal with his disciples the time had come when it was no longer necessary to look to the Priests and the blood sacrifices of animals for the remission of sins but to him–a great high priest who would take their place and offer his body as the final sacrifice, bridging the great divide between God and man.
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
1 Cor. 5:7
As truly amazing as the rescue from Egypt was it was time to start remembering something even greater – a better deliverance and a better Deliverer. This deliverer was selfless and pure, holy and full of love, and completely without sin that Moses pales in comparison. And he brought a deliverance that was eternal and would change cold hearts of stone into living beating, hearts of flesh.
Like the Corinthians we are often in danger of forgetting the value and priority of the Lord’s supper. Instead of it being a holy, humble, joyful, remembrance of and believing in Jesus as we celebrate our deliverance together, we think it to be a very little and non-important thing. We do not prepare ourselves before taking communion. We often come without repenting, or giving much thought to the grace of God in the death of Jesus. We end up treating it like a mere ritual rather than a gift from God meant to strengthen our faith and produce deeper communion between God and his people, and his people with one another.
So, do not forget. Fight the amnesia that creeps into our minds by returning to the central event in the history of the world, and the most important work God has even done.
It is time to remember the death of Christ.
Looking To Jesus,