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(1 Corinthians 11:23–28 ESV) For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
Verse 1: He was wounded for our transgressions, He bore our sins in His body on the tree, For our guilt He gave us peace, From our bondage gave release, And with His stripes and with His stripes, And with His stripes our souls are healed.
Verse 2: He was numbered among transgressors, We did esteem Him forsaken by His God, As our sacrifice He died, That the law be satisfied, And all our sin and all our sin, And all our sin was laid on Him.
Verse 3: We had wandered we all had wandered, Far from the fold of the Shepherd of the sheep, But He sought us where we were, On the mountain bleak and bare, And brought us home and brought us home, And brought us safely home to God.
Verse 4: Who can number His generation, Who shall declare All the triumphs of His cross, Millions dead now live again, Myriads follow in His train, Victorious Lord, victorious Lord, victorious Lord and coming King.
How firm is your foundation? Will it stand the judgment of God?
Jesus Christ wants us to check our foundation. Make sure that we have entered by the narrow gate that brings us to the difficult road that leads to life. Make sure we have not fallen for the wide, easy way that leads to destruction.
He ends his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) with these exhortations and warnings.
Check the gate, 7:13-14.
Don’t let anyone lie to you, 7:15-20.
Don’t lie to yourself, 7:21-23.
Build on Rock, 7:24-29.
But the devil doesn’t want you investigating, examining. Our dark enemy wants you to assume that all is well. In fact, if you allow him to do so, the devil will stir your pride and arrogance against anyone who would dare call your salvation into question.
So think about it!
Christ urges us to make sure our faith is authentic. Where does that leave the people who are indignant when we follow his example and prod people to make sure their foundation is Christ and Christ alone? Who is behind the anger?
The devil doesn’t want you to know that you are on the wide road of destruction until it is eternally too late.
Apart from a work of God in our hearts, we will hold to our ways and our thoughts over God’s ways and God’s thoughts to our very destruction!
Question: Why is the “easy” way easy and the “hard” way hard?
The choice is easy versus hard, narrow versus wide, destruction versus life, many versus few. Why would anyone choose destruction over life? Why is the decision for destruction easy, and the decision for life hard? And what is so compelling about the wide way?
Answer: The wide, easy way is our way.
We don’t have to change our minds. We don’t have to repent. We can live as we please. And just like Adam and Eve, we are not going to let God tell us what to do.
The hard way is God’s way, and he calls us to repentance (change our minds) for sin.
In the realm of humans the wide way is very reasonable and rational. On the wide road a person tolerates everything except the exclusive gospel of Jesus Christ as the only Way, the only Truth, the only Life.
The gospel. The gospel according to the Scriptures. It is all we have. It is all we need. The promise of God to save us from our sins based on the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The new covenant. The new agreement between God and humans.
The hymn writer puts it this way: My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.
The bread and the cup and the promise of Jesus … written in blood.
Through the deep darkness and the pain of disloyalty and disappointment, isolation and loneliness and sadness to the point of death, our Lord “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame.” Honestly, what could we possibly add to that?