April 2015, Vol. 34, No. 4

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Proclaiming His Death

posted on February 13, 2018

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“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26). The word “proclaim” means to preach. Let us preach the Lord’s death.

The proclamation of the death of Jesus is one reason for taking the Lord’s Supper. Not only should I not forget, but nobody should forget Jesus’s death. Therefore, we are to continually “proclaim the Lord ‘s death until he comes.”

The question I should ask myself then is what am I preaching during the Lord’s Supper? Am I preaching that it is not a big deal, and we do it quickly and get it out of the way? Am I preaching that I am unconcerned and uninterested and therefore it shows on my face and in my body that I am not really here? Am I preaching that I am not involved and it doesn’t make any difference to me? What am I preaching?

This text is reminding me that others are watching during the Lord’s Supper. By my actions, I am actually preaching to them what I think about the death of Jesus and how important it is in my life. Therefore it is not a time for playing, or talking to neighbors, or making plans for later, or studying school work, or writing checks. The way I observe the Lord’s Supper says something about the event that lead to the Supper.

Michael Young
Owingsville church of Christ
Owingsville, KY

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