He is Risen Indeed!
He is Risen Indeed!
This the day Christians remember Jesus’ death on the cross. So why would we call it Good Friday? Jesus didn’t have a good day. But it is a good day for us because Jesus died in our place to pay for our sins. When he rose on Easter morning sin and death had been defeated. We are forgiven and restored to a right relationship with God in Christ Jesus. That’s what makes this a Good Friday!
Christian Churches will remember Jesus’s Last Supper today, His final meal with His Disciples. That was the night Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. Paul says be prepared before you participate in the Lord’s Supper. The early Christian Church reserved the Lord’s Supper for baptized Christians who had a basic understanding of the Christian faith. If you are going to a church that celebrates the Lord’s Supper, take some time to reflect on what Jesus has done for us as you prepare.
Jesus took the Passover meal, a celebration of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and gave parts of it a new meaning. Jesus gave the Disciples bread and wine, called it His body and blood, and gave them to the Disciples to eat and drink for the forgiveness of their sins. He also told them to remember Him. This is now the Lord’s Supper that Christians receive and celebrate often because Jesus liberates His people from slavery to sin and fear of death.
The Christian faith should unite not divide. The Lord’s Supper or Communion should bring Christians together not tear us apart. Worship is a time when we all stand equal beneath the Cross of Christ, not separated by our financial status. We should be united in God’s love as His family and worship the Lord.
Paul writes about customs that were follow in the churches at his time. Customs change as times change. The principle remains the same. Men and women should show respect to each other as they show respect to God, including times of worship.
My Dad was a chain cigarette smoker who didn’t want his kids to smoke. So he would tell us “Do what I say, not what I do.” Paul told the Corinthians to imitate him because he tried to imitate Christ. Do we live in a way that we try to imitate Christ and show others how to live? Who are you imitating? Is anyone trying to imitate you?
Why do we do the things that we do? Paul gives us several reasons:
To give God glory
So we don’t offend others and push them away from Jesus
To do the best for others
So that some will come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Christians are free to live their lives as Christians, not under the control of people who don’t believe in Jesus. But Christians are not free to do things that will cause another person to sin or turn away from God. We choose to limit our freedom for the Good of others.
Christians are set free from sin and judgment by faith in Jesus. But that doesn’t mean that we have a license to do anything we want to do. We need to listen to the Lord and consider other people before we act. We are free to live as God’s people and to love others. We are not free to do anything our selfishness wants us to do.