by: Dick Cain
One of the joyful privileges of corporate worship is celebrating the Lord’s Supper. This Sunday we will have this awesome privilege of feasting at the the Lord's table. What benefits should we expect to receive from our time of communion this morning?
J.C. Ryle states that the right reception of the Lord’s Supper ought to have four effects upon us.
- Right reception of the Lord’s Supper ought to have a “humbling” effect on our souls. The bread and cup serve as emblems of Christ’s body and blood and remind us of how sinful sin must be!
- Right reception of the Lord’s Supper has a “cheering” effect on our souls. How full, perfect, and complete is our salvation!
- Right reception of the Lord’s Supper has a “restraining” effect on the soul. The one who goes regularly to the Lord’s table finds it increasingly hard to yield to sin and conform to the world.
- Right reception of the Lord’s Supper has a “sanctifying” effect on the soul. The bread and the cup remind us how great is our debt of gratitude to our Lord, and what a privilege it is to live for Him who died for us.
In eating that bread and drinking that cup, we will have . . . our repentance deepened, our faith increased, our knowledge enlarged, and our habit of holy living strengthened. No wonder that a true Christian finds the Lord’s Supper a source of great blessing!
— Adapted from J. C. Ryle, “The Lord’s Supper”