*TEXT* 1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-34.

_*🔑KEY VERSE* “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” (1 CORINTHIANS 11:27)._

Unregenerate man handles God’s sacred ordinances with levity, and disrespect.

There was much disorder in the Corinthian church because the love-feast which preceded the Lord’s Supper, was the scene of riot and disorder, ostentation and jealousy. In the love-feast of the early Church, each brought his own supply of food, which was put into a common stock and shared by all alike. But at Corinth, each family or group retained their own provisions, and a great distinction was thus made between the rich and the poor. This caused much rivalry that was unworthy of followers of Jesus.


The Lord’s Supper is intended not only to commemorate the supreme sacrifice at Calvary, but also to enable us to spiritually incorporate into ourselves the very life and essence of the death of Jesus. This will enable us to live for Him. Through it, believers are reminded of the death of the Saviour and of the hope and imminence of His return. Sadly, the Corinthian church soon lost its true meaning and replaced it with wanton discrimination between the rich and the poor. Paul promptly cautioned them and presented to the church the significance and process of conducting the Lord’s Supper, as given by the Lord.


We are liable to condemnation if we allow division in the body of Christ. The bread and wine (emblems used at the Supper) are symbolic representations of the body and the blood of the Saviour. Partaking in the Lord’s Supper shows that we are remembering Christ’s sacrifice for us and renewing our pledge of service to Him.


Taking the ordinance unworthily portrays ignorance of the implications of Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary. How then do we partake in the Lord’s Supper? We must do so carefully and thoughtfully, with humility, contrition of hearts, honour and due reverence to God. That way, we receive fully the blessings of the “holy sacrament”.

*✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* To get it right, we must do it right.


*PONDER:* Lest I forget Thine agony on the cross

1. The purpose of the Lord’s supper.

a. To remember His Gethsemane experience and His agony on the cross vv24,25.
b. To remember and prepare for His imminent second coming vv26,28.

2. How often should be the Lord’s supper?

As often as we want to remember and receive the blessings of remembering of His finished work on the cross v26.
*Q* Do you often take time to reflect and remember what Jesus passed through and did on the cross?

3. How do we appreciate what He did on the cross?

a. It should be done in full solemnity, soberness and with total reverence to Him vv27,28.
b. By sharing our lives and possessions with fellow believers just like He did on the cross vv21,22.
c. By endeavouring to live in unity with other believers as a symbol of the indivisibility of the body of Christ vv18,19.

4. Who are those qualified to partake of the Lord’s supper?

a. Those made worthy through a cleansing of their sins by the blood of Jesus v27.
b. Those who are united with Christ’s Church and fellow believers vv18,19.
c. Those holding heretical teachings v19.

5. Any danger in treating the Lord’s agony on the cross with impunity and a carefree attitude?

a. Reception of guilt of the body and the blood of Jesus v27.
b. Damnation v29.
c. Bodily and spiritual weakness v30.
d. Sickness or untimely death v30.
e. A worse experience and relationship with God than before the Lord’s supper v17.

If you are sickly, spiritual weak or at the verge of death, check your attitude to His agony on the cross. If you want to reverse it, look up to the cross.

*HYMN:* Lest I forget Gethsemane

King of my life, I crown Thee now,
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.


Lest I forget Gethsemane;
Lest I forget Thine agony;
*Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.

Verse 2

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee while Thou slept.

Verse 3

Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.

Verse 4

May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me.

Verse 5

Fill me, O Lord, with Thy desire
For all that know not Thee;
Then touch my lips with holy fire,
To speak of Calvary.


1. With soberness and grateful spirit, worship the Lord for what He passed through on the cross for mankind.
2. Ask for forgiveness for often forgetting what He did for you on the cross.
3. Show your appreciation by rededicating your life to Him, to holy living and to a life of unity with fellow believers.
4. Pray for mercy for those who are physically or spiritually weak, those who are sickly and those at the verge of death in the Church. Plead that strength and life will come to them through the cross.



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