Every week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week about the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is not just a reminder of who Jesus was – the one who laid down his life for his friends, the one who generously gave his life away for others, the one who did not meet violence with violence, but who overcame violence with love… it’s also a reminder of who we are meant to be, which is those whose lives are aimed towards Jesus’ coming kingdom.
In simple terms the Lord’s Supper is meant to be a character-shaping practice.
We do this because it helps us see Jesus and it helps us become more like Jesus. We do it often so that this way of Jesus becomes a habit and a habit becomes a character.
I think that’s why Paul wrote to the Corinthians that Christians would be breaking bread and sharing wine together until Jesus comes. It’s because then we won’t need to do it anymore. Then we will be the people that Jesus has made us. Then the work that he has begun, in creation and in us, will be complete.
Until then, however, we eat and drink, we remember, we cultivate the habits which will bring out the character of Christ’s kingdom in our lives.
[Reflecting on Philippians 3.12-16 and 1 Corinthians 11.17-34]