Devotional – I Corinthians 11

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

In the months and years following the exodus from Egypt, Israel was fed physically when God gave them their daily bread – Manna. Jesus tells us in John 6 that the true bread that comes down from heaven, the true manna is himself. He is the bread of life, but not in the physical sense, no he is the bread of spiritual life. When we come to the Lord’s Table and partake of the bread and drink of the cup we sitting at the banquet of God’s supply – his supply of grace and mercy, his supply of forgiveness and cleansing, his supply of comfort and hope. This is what it means when Paul says that we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. We proclaim it in our own life to our own soul as an act of faith. John Piper puts it like this: “The supper proclaims. And faith comes by hearing and seeing and tasting that proclamation. And faith is a spiritual feasting on the risen, living Christ so that all that God is for us in him satisfies our soul, and sweetens our love for him, and breaks the power of sin in our lives.” So the next time you partake of the Lord’s Supper, do so with these thoughts in mind so that your soul may be nourished, your heart may be encouraged and your faith may be strengthened.

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