I Corinthians 11:23-28

I Corinthians 11:23-28 New King James Version (NKJV)

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Examine Yourself

27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood[c] of the Lord.

28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Dr. Gough:

"Do this," Jesus said, "in remembrance of Me". (v 24).

--Three of the four Gospels record the Lord's Supper.

--St. Paul also explains it here, it is so important.

--So not to forget, we are twice told, "Remember Me."

Nowhere are we commanded to remember Jesus' birthday.

--Yet, the whole world remembers, and long celebrates.

--But Jesus asks we remember His death-day, " the Lord's death till He comes (v 26).

--Why? Because our Savior gave His life to save us!

"Remember." At all times, keep Christ in our memory.

--To remember Jesus! His life. Love. His sacrifice.

--Remember He died not for His sins, but for ours.

"Remember Me." Where Jesus came from. And came for.

--Remember He "lives to make intercession for us."!

--Remember He is watching us. Is coming again one day.

--When we come to His table, or any table, remember.

Who to remember? Not just any God! The One, True God.

--When Pearl Harbor was attacked, I joined the Navy and my parents gave me a Bible, said, "Remember the Lord, and remember us, for we are praying for you." I did.

Precious memories! How they linger, to bless or haunt.

--Memories of childhood. Life's milestone events.

--Memories of good times. Hard times. Memories.

--Of those dear to us! And, "Remember the Lord God."

How good is your memory? Forget names? Birthdays?

--Memory is the treasury of reason, register of thought, and chamber of conscience. Thank God for memory.

In the Bible, many things we are told to remember.

--"Remember the sabbath day, keep it holy" (Ex. 20:8).

--"Remember the commandments of the Lord" (Num. 15:39).

--"Remember what the Lord .. did" (Deut. 24:9).

--"Remember thy Creator in the day of youth" (Ecc. 12:1).

--"Remember the word of the Lord" (Luke 22:61).

--Best of all, Jesus says, "Remember Me." Many forget!

--Forget to pray. Forget His day. His house. Him!

We come today - yes, all days - to remember Him.

Jesus is saying, remember, Who I am - God! Savior!

--Never forget where I came from.

--Why I came. What I did. His cross and resurrection

--Always, "Remember Me." Put the Lord first.

How does one remember another? Many ways, of course.

--By photographs - they show me when I visit a home.

--These keep the image of loved ones alive in memory.

--By some gift. A special something they've shared.

--By some kind words. Or deeds.

Jesus chose an event, to be remembered. A supper.

--A simple meal to focus on His sacrificial death.

--Of something so essential as bread.

--So symbolic as a cup of juice, the fruit of a vine.

--He gave us the best way to remember Him - communion.

True, Jesus gave us many things to remember Him by.

--Washing the disciples feet, that holy night.

--God the Son assuming the role of a servant, cleaning the feet of the disciples, as He cleans our hearts.

--By humbling Himself, becoming a Man, through God.

--Keeping His peace, when smitten and beaten.

--By praying on a cross, "Father, forgive them ..."

God is the Great Forgiver. He just keeps forgiving.

--So many times! Why? Because our Father loves us!

--As an Example, so we may keep forgiving others!

Jesus does things so simply, and graciously.

--He corrects, but He does not condemn.

--He speaks the truth in love, if on our touchy sin.

--It is done prayerfully. Helpfully. Lovingly.

--So we might model the Master. To "Remember Him."

"Remember Him" as we begin each day. And each meal

--When you have problems. Or in marriage. or family.

--In your job, or group. At bedtime. And all time.

Leaving for college (or the service) is hard for all.

--When John Clark was to leave, his Mother talked with him quite awhile what was ahead - gave him her ring.

--"Here," she said, "take and wear this to remember me and the Lord. Wear it as long as you would be pleased to have what they stand for in your presence."

It was a touching time of remembrance, not forgotten.

--John Clark said that ring was an influence for good!

My Mother and Dad in the depression endured hard times.

--They taught we 5 kids how to face them, with God.

My friend, who do you remember, in the storms of life?

For me, I cannot forget what the Lord Jesus has done!

--Has done, for me! To make something worthwhile of us.

--Of us all.

Look, Jesus could not do that for millions, if not God!

--The Gospels tell that folks first thought Jesus just an other prophet, or preacher.

--Or, like Nicodemus did in John 3, "a teacher who came from God," or some great healer.

--Jesus is more than all that - He is God! Messiah!

--Come down to show us what God is like, and to save!

The Roman Centurion who put Jesus to death, listened to all Jesus' words, became a believer, saying, "He is God" as we read in Matthew 27:54. Facts offer proofs!

That is what Thomas the Doubter exclaimed the Sunday after Jesus' resurrection, "My Lord, and my God."

People can misunderstand our faith, and ridicule us.

--A fellow in the factory who had been like all the rest of them, became a convert to Christ. He was changed.

--He no longer swore, shared evil stories or drink.

--His fellow workers began to mock, poke fun, and scoff.

--He said, "Scoff and ridicule as you please. But God changed me and my family. He still works miracles at my house. For God turned beer and wine into milk and sodas! And fighting into love. He can, for you too.!

We all suffer some, at times. Remember Jesus did.

--Not for doing wrong, but doing good, for us.

--If suffering comes to us, He suffers with us!

Maybe you, or someone you know or love, are in pain.

--Or sorrow. Lonely. Disappointed. "Remember Him."

In Corinthians 11 note: "Receive. Remember. Reveal."

We have looked at the word "Remember," look at another.

--Paul said, "I received of the Lord" (v 23).

--Think of all we've received of the Lord - all of us.

--His "goodness and mercy has followed us" all our days.

--We have oft received these, without much gratitude.

--But what about receiving His fullest fellowship?

Let's not let difficulties - sorrow, sickness, separation - or whatever, defeat and get us down.

--Don't give up on your dreams! Goals. Or prayers!

--The devil sometimes can side-track us. Slow us down.

--Throw all kinds of road-blocks and doubts in our way.

--But if we have "received Jesus," we can overcome!

--We can "ask, seek, and knock," and oft "receive" His promises .. power .. and presence.

0 my friend, I want you to receive a blessing today!

--And by His grace, every day! God has it for you!

--Give praises to the Lord! Think on Him!

Think with me on that word "reveal (show) the Lord's death till He come." How can we do that?

One way is come to church. To communion. If able.

--As we do, we reveal we are "on God's side."

--We carry our Bible. We read it. Study it.

--We wear a smile. Have a song in our heart. Happy!

--We care about other people! Their spiritual life!

--Their salvation with the Lord, assured of heaven!

--These are some ways to reveal Him.

--To let the "beauty of Jesus" be seen in us.

Don't stay away from God's House, feeling unworthy.

--If we all did, there'd be so few. None is worthy!

That Good Friday a dying thief on a cross believed and revealed his faith in Jesus, "Lord, remember me, when You come to Your kingdom" (Luke 23:42).

--That's what everybody needs to ask the Lord.

--Jesus replied, "Today, you will be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). No better news to hear!

--No better place to be, than "with Jesus" anywhere!

When we also come to Him, Jesus will remember us.

--Let's not forget Him! Come!

Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD.