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Recognising the Lord’s body – 18 February 2018

We have the privilege – and indeed responsibility – again this morning to share together the Lord’s Supper as we remember His body and His blood given / shed for us on Calvary’s cross.  This is the most simple of meals – bread and wine – and yet extraordinarily deep in meaning.  We do invite and welcome all who truly love Jesus as their Lord and Saviour to join in this meal.  If you are not yet a Christian, please do not feel embarrassed in any way in not taking the bread and wine – at this stage they will have no real meaning or significance to you.  Instead, we urge you to seek salvation and new life from Jesus and then join with us in sharing the Lord’s Supper.

In the familiar verses in 1 Corinthians 11 which we often read at the Lord’s Supper Paul talks about the possibility and danger of not “recognising the body of the Lord” (v29).  What does he mean?  Let me quote from the book ‘Worshipping God’ by R.T.Kendall: “Put simply, it [i.e. recognising the Lord’s body] is feeling Jesus near.  It is not seeing physical bread and calling it Jesus.  It is not seeing physical wine and calling it Jesus’ blood.  It is not even just concluding that you are saved because you are trusting in the merit of His death, although of course it includes that.  But neither is it seeing the Lord’s Supper merely as a memorial service.  Calvin got it right when he said it is “discerning His spiritual presence”.  When we partake of the bread and the wine, Jesus draws near.”

In a very real way, each Lord’s Supper is a fulfilment of Jesus’ promise in Matthew 18v20: “For where two or three come together in My Name, there am I with them.”  May we all truly recognise His presence with us this morning.

Peace and Grace