Have you ever had someone profoundly change your life through a sacrifice they made? Maybe it was a stranger who helped you financially when you were in a tough spot. Maybe it was a friend who provided a hot meal and a shoulder to cry on. Maybe it was a parent who worked overtime to provide for your family. Think of a specific person who made a sacrifice that changed your life.
- What triggers your memories of this person?
READ THE WORD: 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26 (ESV)
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 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.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
- What did Jesus say the bread symbolizes? The wine?
- What command did Jesus repeat in this passage? Why is this important to do, and what difference does it make?
- What did Jesus mean by “the new covenant”?
- What did Paul say is accomplished through the taking of the bread and cup (vs. 26)?
- How do you use communion to remember Jesus’ sacrifice? In what ways do you remember his sacrifice in your daily life (outside of communion)?
RESPOND TO GOD
Think back to the special person you thought of earlier. How do you feel when you think of the sacrifice they made for you? How do you feel when you think of the sacrifice Jesus made? So often as believers, we take communion without much thought. However, Paul shows us that the powerful tool of communion allows us, as believers, to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and proclaim the gospel to ourselves and others.
- Take time now to reflect on how your life is different because Jesus died for your sins.
- Ask God to let these verses speak to your heart and awaken a sense of humble gratitude for the life-changing sacrifice he made.