Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 11.
Insight: “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.” (1Co 11:28-29)
Insight one: What is the meaning for Christians to partake the Holy Communion? The breaking of the bread proclaims the breaking of Christ’s body; the pouring of grape juice proclaims the shedding of the blood of Christ. In addition to remembering what the Lord Jesus accomplished on the cross for our sins, we also ponder whether we are living a life worthy of the calling we have received, and are determined to watch and wait for the Lord’s return. We should make good use of any opportunity to do Lord’s work, and be God faithful and good servants.
Insight two: Before taking the Holy Communion, what should we examine ourselves? It is to examine whether we have owed the Lord or owed other people. To examine the relationship we have with God is important, but to examine the relationships with others should not be overlooked also. The action of taking bread and cup in the Communion symbolizes the unity with Christ. It signifies that we belong to the “body of Christ” and are buried, died, and raised with Him. But do we really love one another as members of one body in Christ and cling to one another in spirit?
Prayer: God heavenly Father, Thank You for what You have done in Christ for our past, present, and future. May the Holy Spirit shine on me, not only examine myself during Holy Communion, but also seek the Holy Spirit to fill in me every moment in my daily life, and live a godly life in Your glorious light of holiness. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!