“For this reason, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself first, and in this way let him eat the bread and drink of the cup.”
If you’ll remember from what we talked about on Sunday, unworthy manner doesn’t only refer to our spiritual condition when we take communion. It also refers to the way in which we are taking communion. Communion, which represents the sacrifice that Christ – the body and blood – made for us – is also representative of how we – the church represent Christ’s body.
At communion we remember the sacrifice Christ made with His body and Blood. Christ was the only sinless, perfect, living soul to walk this earth. That’s why his ministry was so amazing. Because he was God and man, because he was perfect.
We on the other hand are far from perfect. On our own, for sure we are imperfect. Even as the church – the body of Christ – we are imperfect. However, we draw closer to being the representation of Christ when we come together as the body.
When we are divided and separated by anything, the individual is not the only thing that suffers. The entire body of Christ suffers because of our separation.
We are severing parts of the body by our division. When we are not all working together for one mission and one purpose and allow things to come between us we become as useless as an arm detached from the body. We become as useless as an eye that has been gouged out or a severed foot.
We are only the body of Christ when we are together. We’re not just better together – we only exist as the body when we are together as the body. We cannot be both together and divided at the same time.
Unworthy manner – any of us who eat the bread and drink the cup while there is hatred, bitterness, anger or contempt towards one of the members of this body of Christ of which we are about to partake are doing so in an unworthy manner.
So, my question for us today: Is there something between any of us? Is there something between you and someone else in our body? Do you need to ask forgiveness from someone? Take a minute, and ask God to reveal to you anything that may be keeping you from being able to truly celebrate communion.
For more study on this text, see the article – Corrections for Communion by Bob Deffinbaugh.