DEEPER INTIMACY WITH JESUS

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. (I Corinthians 11:27-29)

eLike the other means of grace (Scripture reading and meditation, prayer, worship, the preaching of the Word, etc.), the Lord’s Supper is a gift from God that helps me to fellowship with the Lord Jesus in a deeper way.  When I take communion, I must remember that the Lord Jesus is present.  There is a real spiritual presence of Jesus in the observance of the sacraments (the Lord’s Supper and Baptism).

My problem has been that for 35 plus years I have administered the Sacraments on who knows how many occasions.  As the officiating pastor, I have often failed to engage my heart in partaking the Lord’s Supper as I have been overly concerned with the mechanics of administering it.  But there may be more to this.  I think all too often I have allowed my participation in the Supper to become mere ritual.  By doing this I have not fully appreciated what occurs during those brief moments when I partake of the bread and wine.  Perhaps I have failed to examine myself as Paul commands in this chapter of I Corinthians.  Am I really ready to enter into His presence?  Have I truly repented of my sins?  Am I trusting Jesus alone for my salvation?

The real issue is communication with the living Christ.  I am to listen to His words and also listen to His heart.  Then when I respond, I am to respond with the words that come from my heart.  What Jesus desires is a deep intimacy, a real relationship.

I find it difficult at times to concentrate during my times of worship.  Often I wish that I could see Jesus with my physical eyes.  But I realize that I will not do this until I get to heaven.  However, I am to realize that He is really present with me — not physically, but spiritually.  His spiritual presence is just as real as His physical presence.  The problem is that I let too many things distract me.  When I am worshipping, Jesus is really with me.  His real presence is in the room where I am.  He is the audience of one.

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