“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
-1 Corinthians 11:26
Macy posted last week about how we as Christians should shout for all the Lord has done for us. I think we’d all agree with that regarding health, family, and friends. But isn’t it amazing that we are to glory in the death of our Lord? That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, does it?
In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul is writing to the church in Corinth, encouraging them to change how they were receiving the Lord’s Supper (communion). In verse 26, he writes, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” Each time we partake in communion, it is an act of faith- through an outward act we are showing our inner change/hope. It is very similar to baptism! By communing in this way, we are declaring Who our faith and hope is placed in.
Does it ever strike you that Paul says we “proclaim” the Lord’s death? Every time this is read during communion at our church, it hits me. This is the crux of our hope. Death is not something we usually think should be proclaimed. How often do you hear of people loudly and joyfully declaring that their loved one has died? Never! Yet, this is what sets Christianity apart. We do proclaim death because it is a defeated enemy.
“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?” -1 Corinthians 15:55
We can shout of Christ’s death because it is through His death that we have life.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” -Romans 5:8-9
Scripture is full of these twists to common thinking. It seems to be flipped around! Because of One’s suffering, we can have peace. Through submitting to death, death itself was defeated. The One who was sinless died for the sinful. Because He died, we can have life.
Amazing love, how can it be that You, my King, should die for me?
That is why we proclaim His death.