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A Meditation on the Lord’s Supper by Alan Gomes

February 5, 2012

The apostle Paul told the Corinthians to “discern the body” in the Supper. Alan Gomes, a former professor of mine, wrote this profound meditation on the Supper to lead a congregation in just that.

Here is just a small portion of it:

Now, as we turn our attention to the communion elements of which we are about to partake, we need to ponder the depth of what transpired on the cross. Surely the physical aspects of Christ’s death are beyond gruesome—the crown of thorns, the nails through the wrist, and the many other pains attendant with this barbaric Roman form of torture. But we must not limit our consideration to this. As horrible as the physical aspects of this death were, I believe they actually pale in comparison to the suffering of the Messiah’s soul, in which he cried out from the depths of his being, “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?” In that awful moment he exhausted the spiritual penalty of death—the separation of his human soul from his heavenly Father.

You must not pass over this point too quickly, or you will easily miss its profound import. Here we have the sinless Son of God: a man who experienced perfect, unbroken fellowship with his Father, every day of his earthly life. This is something none of us can really fathom, because our own spiritual lives are so beset with fits and starts and imperfections and sins. The relationship between Jesus and his Father on the human level—that is, between the man Christ Jesus and his heavenly father—was perfect, complete, and unbroken. And here, at this awful moment, the Father withdrew the sense of his presence and favor, allowing his Son to bear the crushing weight of judgment for the entirety of human sin on himself. And so what else could the man Jesus do but issue that cry of dereliction, that exclamation of stunned amazement and bewilderment at the dreadfulness of that separation. And yet, even then, he does not break faith with his Father but continues to call him “MY God,” despite being bereft of any tangible sense of his presence and favor. There is no other way to put it than to say that Jesus bore the pains of hell, and did it for you and for me.

Read the whole thing and be blessed.

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