Romans 6:13 (NKJV) 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Just like Passover is a celebration for the Jews, communion is a celebration for Christians. For many years, I had a wrong understanding of this wonderful celebration. I misunderstood what it means to be right with God before partaking. I believed that I had to come to the communion table confessing my sin and humbly condemning myself as a loser. Wow, that is so wrong!
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 11:29 (NKJV), "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body." The Bible clearly says in Romans 3:10 (NKJV), "As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one;" So it is impossible for us to present ourselves righteous --except having received HIS righteousness.
Jesus gave Himself so that we could become His righteousness. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:30 (NKJV), "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption--."
Since God paid a huge price for us to be worthy, we need to come to the table having already received this expensive gift. We need to come to the table in a worthy manner. Come to the communion table in HIS worthiness. It is the only true worthiness that there is. The Bible tells us, "And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:13 (NKJV)
Let's look at these Words of Jesus in 1 Corinthians 11:24 (NKJV), "...and when He (Jesus) had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." This says that we come to the table remembering what HE has done, not what we have done. This is even repeated in the next verse (verse 25).
The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:28 (NKJV), "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup." This word examine, comes from a Greek word that can also be translated as approve. Approve yourself, remembering what Jesus has done. Without the sacrifice on the cross, we could never be right before God. Thank God, He gave us Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV) says, "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross..." This was His Joy; that we could be worthy. So while we are on the topic of celebrations, don't forget to celebrate one to one with our Savior. The celebration of communion.