The Cross of Christ – a beautiful thought?

April 22, 2013 admin

464960_sacraments1Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8).

How often – with what frequency – are we as Christ-followers to celebrate the Lord’s Supper?

That question has been answered differently by believers of different backgrounds over 2000 years of church history. Some believers have celebrated twice annually or quarterly; others, monthly. And among rare local fellowships, the habit has been to meet daily for the purpose of remembering the death of Christ through taking bread and wine.

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However, although, the early church observed “breaking of bread” as a cornerstone activity, the New Testament is silent in directing how often.

In our tradition at Bethel, for decades we have celebrated the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day – not only because it appears this was the pattern of the 1st century church (at least from the few available, albeit ambiguous clues), but also because this frequency keeps the cross of Christ dominant in our thinking.

And that reminds me of Paul’s instruction to the church at Philippi (Philippians 4:8 above). Paul had been to the city in Acts 16. But the apostle was now in prison in Rome, and 800 miles away.

What could be more true, and right, and pure and lovely than the Cross of Christ – not because the cross symbolizes incomprehensible injustice, but because of what God accomplished through the death of His Lamb.

For that reason, the intersection at Golgotha of unconditional love and holy justice is most admirable, excellent, praiseworthy – the very Darling of Heaven crucified for our sin.

Takeaway: As He continues to renew my mind (Romans 12:2), may the Lord give me a growing spiritual hunger to be cross-centered in my thinking.

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