Preparation for Worship

This coming Lord’s Day we have the privilege of celebrating the Lord’s resurrection (since it is the Lord’s Day, the weekly celebration of his rising on the first day of the week) and the Lord’s death (as we will come to the Lord’s Table).  But it’s easy to forget that the Lord’s Supper is also a celebration of His resurrection – for as Paul reminds us, “Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?” (I Cor. 10:16). That is, He is alive, never to die again, therefore we come to the table not merely to remember the past but to commune in the present.  At the table we commune (share fellowship) with our risen, living Lord. All that He accomplished, we share in; He feeds us Himself as we eat with faith. The cross is abandoned, the tomb is empty, and Jesus stands/sits at the right hand of the Father, and at the head of His table, serving as the host. He welcomes us to come as we are, broken, weary, needy sinners, saved by His blood and endless life, justified by His death and His resurrection (Rom. 4:25). By virtue of our union/communion with Christ in His death and resurrection, we are enabled to walk in newness of life as slaves to God (cf. Rom. 6). The Lord’s Supper – indeed, the Lord’s Day – is a renewal and reestablishment in gospel truth – may the Lord prepare us to celebrate the finished and ongoing work of Jesus Christ with great joy and triumph.



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