Breaking of Bread. Coming into the presence of the Lord; An Introduction.


The Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

33 So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34 If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come. 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 NASB

When we come to the Lords Table or Thanksgiving a few words are necessary.  This passage is crucial for the Christian community.  When looking at the four Gospels scholars sometimes speak about Q a common source that all the Apostles drew from thus some story might be in one Gospel but not in another.  When it comes to the Passion narratives and the Last Supper, all four Gospels give the account.   This is very important.  All the Apostles here are ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ figurately speaking.  All the Apostles agree on this.  St Paul is following this tradition and in the same way it is encumbent on us to follow this tradition too.  The core tradition is the same for all churches although there are huge disagreement on how the Thanksgiving meal should be interpreted and celebrated.  When going through these verses I will go through the facts and what the text says.  I may at times point to various ways of interpretation but this does not mean that it is my interpretation.  First and foremost I am a religious educator and I think it is an appropriate thing to understand these various ways of interpreting the text. We need to move beyond our prejudices and not think that we are somehow better than another Christian.

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