Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 29, 2013

The Holy Communion represents freedom

Michael Carson
Kokomo Tribune

---- — “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Sacrament of Holy Communion truly represents freedom. Jesus Christ came to set us free. Jesus shares “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (St. John 8:36) The Holy Communion is a Sacrament. A sacrament is an outward sign of the presence-the grace of God.

The sacrament of Holy Communion is a time of great thanks and reverence for the sacrifice of God poured out in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus for us. The Holy Communion, Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, embodies the love that God has for us. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (St. John 15:13)

The Holy Communion the bread and the cup signifying Christ’s body and blood. Jesus body broken for us and his blood shed for us. Those present at the Service of Holy Communion are invited to take the bread and eat and to take the cup and drink, both in remembrance of Jesus Christ. Jesus made an offering of himself to God for the remission of our sins along with our receiving other benefits of his sacrifice.

“This do in remembrance of me.” When we participate in the Service of Holy Communion we lift up, celebrate, and keep in remembrance Christ’s death and resurrection. Jesus ultimate sacrifice and triumph being the “fount of our every blessing!”

This upcoming Thursday is the Fourth of July a historical day celebrating freedom. Permit me to take this opportunity to honor those men and woman that are currently in the armed service, those that served in the armed services, and yes those that gave their very lives for our freedom!

As you partake of the Holy Communion please reflect on the freedom you enjoy because of the armed services. And embrace the freedom you have in God through Jesus Christ!

Concerning Jesus Christ: “this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”(Hebrews 10:12-14)

“There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains. Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains; and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.”

Peace with justice, be blessed real good, attend worship this week, and families matter.

Happy Fourth of July!