"In Remembrance of Me"

by Doug McNaught, MA PhD
Principal of Emmaus Bible College

There seems to be a rise in the number of people suffering from sleep apnoea these days. When the condition is diagnosed the medical people prescribe the use of a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive air pressure. Many people find this treatment successful and they are able to return to their former life without all the hardship associated with sleep deprivation.

When the Lord was alive on earth he knew that we, as Christians, would be subject to the pressures of spiritual apnoea. Sleep apnoea occurs when a person has their airways blocked during sleep and they wake up many times during the night; spiritual apnoea occurs when a Christian has their flow of communication with the Lord blocked on a regular basis.

The Lord Jesus understood the way we work and he, in his infinite wisdom, developed CPSP; continual positive spiritual pressure. On the night that he was betrayed the Lord took bread and wine and instituted the feast we now know as the ‘Lord’s Supper’; (1 Corinthians 11: 23-26) other names are also used for this feast.

Traditionally, we in the Brethren have celebrated the Lord’s Supper every week and we have used the meeting format as described in 1 Corinthians 14: 26. The question is this: how does this give us a positive spiritual pressure?

When David was king in Jerusalem he was offered a plot of land free so that he could build the temple. He refused telling Araunah that he would not offer the Lord something that cost him nothing (2 Samuel 24: 24). The apostle Paul also told the Christians in Corinth to put money aside each week as the Lord had prospered them (1 Corinthians 16: 2). When we come together to remember the Lord’s death and resurrection each one of us has to take care not to offer the Lord something that has cost us nothing. Even though everyone is not able to participate in the Lord’s Supper in an audible way; each person can participate meditatively. It is important for us to come with something to offer that has cost us time and effort during the week.

The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance feast, it is not a time for us to share how we have felt during the week, rather it is a time for us to tell the Lord Jesus Christ how good he is. It is quite appropriate to address the Lord Jesus personally as we offer him the fruit of our meditation during the week, we can thank the Father for sending his Son or we can offer a hymn or a Bible reading that focuses on the Lord Jesus Christ.

On Monday morning, each believer can begin applying continuous positive spiritual pressure by preparing himself, or herself, to tell the Lord Jesus how good he is next Sunday during the Lord’s Supper. For the first few weeks a believer will have to make an effort to spend some time each day telling the Lord Jesus that he is the best but before long this will be a pleasant interlude in the believer’s life. In fact, the experience will become so rich that the believer will naturally tend to do this whenever he has a few moments.

When the Lord Jesus established the Lord’s Supper he did so as a gift rather than an obligation; the feast is for our benefit not his. We are designed to spend time meditating on the Lord and his goodness (Isaiah 26: 3), through this process we become spiritually rich and emotionally secure. Week by week we also have the opportunity to lift up the Lord and see people drawn to him[1]. If people come to the Lord’s Supper with prepared hearts their Christian lives will be enriched and the process of decline in our assemblies will be reversed.


[1] In John 12: 32 the Lord was talking about being lifted up on the cross but there is also a secondary meaning for ‘lifting up’; the more time we spend talking about the Lord Jesus and how good he is the more people will be drawn to him.

 

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