Today we have a huge obsession with food. My two favourite TV programmes are Masterchef and Come dine with me. Never before in human history have we been so obsessed with the style, presentation and taste of food.
Food of course is a good gift from God that he has given for our enjoyment, but we can easily turn a good thing into a bad thing – if we become too fixated about it! Christianity has its own meals also. The Apostle Paul referred to fellowship meals among the Corinthian Christians as “the Lord’s meal” – in actual fact those Christians were behaving so badly that Paul said it was not the Lord’s meal (“supper”, 1 Corinthians 11:20) they were celebrating.
All people have a conscience and when we do wrong it bothers us. We instinctively know we have sinned, although most won’t call it sin. Yet, as the Bible teaches us, some people’s consciences have been seared by them constantly violating their conscience and are no longer troubled by their wrong. But in general people have an inner sense of right and wrong, a sense of God, and a sense that in some way we have failed to live up to God’s expectations or standards. This universal instinct is because all people are created in the image of God (Genesis 1-2). Most people would therefore acknowledge that there is a God or a least a “Higher Power” and admit that somehow they don’t quite live up to the standard required.
As Christians we have the privilege of celebrating the Lord’s Supper (or Holy Communion, as it is known in some churches). The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament given to the church by Jesus himself as a sign of the gospel for the strengthening of our faith. As we take part in the Lord’s Supper…