What does the cross have to do with communion?

As we enter into a season of celebration and reflection centered on the finished work of Jesus Christ, I think it is important for us to take a deeper look into power of the Cross. What does the cross mean to you?  The whole of Jesus’ life and ministry and the anchor of Christian theology and even thought comes right down to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Everything thing I believe about life and death, eternity and salvation, and faith and living literally comes down to what I think about the cross of Christ.  It alone births my salvation. It alone redeems me from my sin. It alone has the power to break the chains of the enemy off of my life. It alone gives me confidence to stand before the throne of God. It alone gives me the hope of a future and an eternity with God. It alone verifies the meaning and purpose of every passage of scripture, every prophecy, and every teaching found in the word of God. And I’ll be honest with you, it is the one thing that has given me a reason and a purpose to live. The cross has made me whole, hallelujah! This is what the prophet Isaiah wrote about the cross…Isaiah 53:5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. The cross was more than a symbolic act, everything that happened in the process of the crucifixion sent shockwaves in the supernatural and had its effect. When Jesus was pierced, that piercing meant something. That piercing literally dealt with our transgressions, which is a big word for all of our sin and rebellion against God. When Jesus was physically crushed it squeezed the power of iniquity out of our lives. Iniquity is more than just sin, it is the gross perversions, the sins that we enjoy and struggle to give up. When Jesus was chastised, He bore the brunt of the turmoil in our lives and because of that we have peace. As Jesus’ body was wounded our bodies are healed. Oh, the cross was death and destruction to Jesus, but it is wholeness and restoration to us. Which is why over these next few weeks we are going to look at the cross of Christ and how we need to be grateful for what Jesus did there and how we should hold it near and dear to our daily lives. Jesus believed in the important of reflecting on the work of the cross, so much so that He instituted the practice of communion that we would keep the cross central to our practices and daily lives.

In this Sermon

We are going to explore the Biblical imagery of communion and discuss how we can get the most out of our observance of communion.

Scripture References

Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 63:1, Matthew 5:6, John 6:35, 1 Corinthians 10:14-22, John 6:52-58 & 66, 1 Corinthians 11:27-32, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Matthew 26:27-29

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