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1 Cor. 11:26-32 Who is Invited to the Supper

posted May 13, 2020, 8:57 AM by Jacob Boer

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves. For this reason, many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

The Lord’s Supper is a meal that we are invited to. It’s like a wedding meal, you don’t just show up to a wedding banquet and walk in, you need an invitation, you need to know the bride and groom in order to be invited. My best friend and I, when we were young and foolish, would drive down the country roads on Friday and Saturday nights looking for wedding receptions happening at the small country community halls and we would then try to slip in, have a bit of food, do some dancing and have fun. Every once in a while, we would get found out and be asked to leave because we didn’t belong, because we didn’t know the bride and groom. The Lord’s Supper is the same, if you know Jesus, if you accept him as your Lord and Saviour, you are invited to come with gladness to the Supper!

 

Q. Who should come to the Lord’s table?

A. Those who are displeased with themselves because of their sins, but who nevertheless trust that their sins are pardoned and that their remaining weakness is covered by the suffering and death of Christ, and who also desire more and more to strengthen their faith and to lead a better life. Hypocrites and those who are unrepentant, however, eat and drink judgment on themselves.

 

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