The Lord’s Supper never ceases to amaze me. The moment I think I have sounded the depths of this act of faith, the Spirit uses the Word to show me I am only splashing around on the surface.
Come and die
The Lord’s Supper is a regular invitation to come and die. The Way of Christ is a road of daily dying. Jesus made it undeniably clear, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24).
In salvation, we are transferred from death to life, from the reign of sin and death into the reign of grace and life. This fundamental and unrepeatable change must be modeled and acted upon in our daily decisions. This transformation must be acted upon.
In the Lord’s Supper we receive an invitation to come and die. The Lord’s Supper is a reset. We’ve spent the week living for ourselves. Come and die. We have surrendered so much to the reign of death. Come and die. We have fought for the wrong things and murdered those we should love. Come and die. We’ve gone a long way in the wrong way. Come and die. There is grace sufficient for you.
Come and die so that you may live
At the Lord’s table we see the world for what it is and cry out “there is death in the pot” (2 Kings 4:40). The stew we’ve made from the gathered gourds isn’t just a harmless meal. When we pause and look anew at the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we see death swimming in our desires. But Jesus is a better prophet than Elisha. Jesus isn’t content to simply give you good things. Jesus came to make you a good thing. Jesus came to bring the dead to life.
The way to life is through embracing the reality of your death. There is death in me! The way I work, rest, spend, play, love, and hate are all poisoned…by me. When the dinner bell sounds to come and eat at Jesus’s table we are being told to leave behind the lies and lures of the world. Take stock of yourself. Examine your desires. There is death in there! There is life here with Jesus. Look upon the One who was slain. Look upon the One who was raised. There is no life out there. Life is found in Him.
It is rare for a cult who claims to be Christian to come right out and prove it is not, in fact, Christian. This article from the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) website does just that. In an attempt to prove the Mormon construction of Christianity is in fact biblical, they show it is not.
I’m interested to hear what you think. Read it and let me know.
Romans 5 is a thick passage and so are the concepts of being in Adam and in Christ. Maybe if we think of being in a Ford Pinto or in KITT from Knight Rider we can get a better grasp of federal headship.
All of humanity starts “in Adam”. That is the equivalent of being in a Ford Pinto stalled out in the middle of I20. You aren’t capable of doing anything good and it’s a matter of time before things go badly. Sometimes our lives, our minds, and our relationships look like this precisely because we are “in Adam”.
But being “in Christ” is different from being “in Adam”. It is similar to moving out of your Ford Pinto life of destruction into a Pontiac Trans Am life of security and ability. Obviously there is a personal or spiritual change that happens alongside this transfer of vehicles, but let’s not overlook the change of authority that happens in salvation. Colossians 1:13 describes salvation as the Father’s work of delivering us from the domain of darkness and transferring us into the kingdom of His beloved Son.
Think for a moment about your condition apart from Christ. You are unable and incapable of anything but a self-serving existence often marked by explosions. But in Christ, in the strength of His resurrected existence you are made able to stand against evil and the schemes of the Devil (both inside and outside of you).
There is much more to say and to work out in our daily lives concerning being “in Christ.” But maybe thinking about being in these two cars will help.
1. How can one man affect redemptive history as seen in Romans 5:1-11? (v. 12-14)
2. What is the chief cause of death? Is it just physical, or is it also spiritual? (Eph 2:1-3)
3. Because sin introduced death “in Adam”, how does being “in Christ” change us? (1 Cor 15:20-28; Ezekiel 36:26-27)
4. How does Adam serve as a type of the One to come? In what way does this bring hope for us (1 Cor 15:50-58)? How does it affect understanding of our neighbor and how we see our relationships (2 Cor 5:11-21)
Romans 5:10, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconilced, shall we be saved by his life” (ESV).
John Stott makes the point clear and encouraging, “The logic of it is this, that if, when we were enemies, God reconciled us through giving His Son to die for us, how much more, now we are God’s friends, will He finally save us from His wrath by His Son’s life? If God performed the more costly service (involving His Son’s death) for His enemies, He will surely perform the less costly service now that His erstwhile enemies are His friends” (Men Made New, 20).