Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)
A Day Of Examination
One of the joys of the first day of the week is the time we spend in the Lord’s Supper. As people of God we assemble to worship the One who died on a cross for my sins. Looking at Jesus in His frail form of humility suffering intense pain is moving for the image of what He did for me. Before His death the Lord established the memorial of His love as an essential part of our worship each first day of the week. Today we gather to partake of the supper. Among many things it is a time of examination.
In his letter to Corinth Paul admonishes the early church to remember the focus of the Lord’s Supper. It was not a time to play with babies, talk to a neighbor, mindlessly go through the activities of the day – it was a time of memorial. He declares that eating in an unworthy manner would bring judgment. The taking of the supper shows the death of Jesus and the reality of His return. Examination is an element of the Lord’s Supper when we look within ourselves in the testing of our character.
Albert Barnes writes, “Let him search and see if … he has true repentance for his sins; true faith in the Lord Jesus; and a sincere desire to live the life of a Christian, and to be like the Son of God, and be saved by the merits of his blood. Let him examine himself, and see whether he have the right feelings of a communicant, and can approach the table in a proper manner.” It is examination time.
Worship must be true. Today when we gather to remember the love of Christ in the Supper let us immerse ourselves in His grace examining our hearts for who we are and what we are before His Father. Go to the cross and look upon the Savior who died for the sins of all men. Hear His whispered melodies of suffering. Smell the stench of man’s sin taken upon the Lamb of God that day. Look in your heart and see who you are and what you are. Worship changes people. Let our worship of the dying Savior change our life today. Examine yourself.