Declare the Lord’s Death until He Comes (1)
1 Cor 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you declare the Lord’s death until He comes.
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When we eat the bread and drink the cup, we are declaring the Lord’s death. In charging us to take His supper, the Lord is asking us not just to remember Him but also to proclaim His death. Why do the bread and the cup declare the Lord’s death? Originally, the blood is in the flesh. When the blood is separated from the flesh, it means death has occurred. Perhaps your parents, children, or other relatives do not know the Lord. If you take them to the meeting and they see the bread, they will ask, “What is this? What is the meaning of this breaking of the bread? What is the meaning of the cup?” You can respond, “The cup signifies the blood and the bread signifies the flesh. These two things are apart. What does this show you?” They will answer, “This means death has occurred.”
We can demonstrate to all men that the Lord’s death is displayed here. We should preach the gospel not only with our mouth, in the meeting hall, or with our gifts but also with the Lord’s supper. This is one way of preaching the gospel. It would be a great thing in the universe if men would realize that taking the Lord’s supper is not a ritual. We are declaring His death when we take the Lord’s supper. Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, has died. This is a tremendous fact displayed before us.