If you were away from us at The Journey Church this past weekend, here is what you missed:
Throughout the church many christians are commanded to do things without knowing the true reasons why. This creates a disconnect in religious activities that robs the true value of what the glorious realities are communicating.
Jesus Christ left the Church with two ordinances: to baptize (Matthew 28:19) and to take communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-25). We will explore the beautiful realities of what these two ordinances are communicating.
Baptism & Communion
Baptism and Communion are our public proclamation of our personal affiliation with following Jesus. Jesus says in Luke 9:23-26, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” This passage of Scripture is clear that Christ wants His church to publicly proclaim His lordship and affirm His love. We do this in our actions by saying no to sin, and we also do this by being obedient to His ordinances, which we have stated earlier are baptism and communion.
The why in Baptism
A lack of understanding will always confuse the commands of God. This is why there is a disconnect in the religious actions christians perform. There is a reason why Christ wants His people to be baptized but before we go over them, let’s start by understanding the word of baptism. The greek word for baptism is baptizo, which means to dip, submerge or immerse. This is why water must be present in order to fulfill this command. Now let’s get into the why of baptism.
Being immersed in water communicates these things:
-It shows the Gospel by displaying the work of Christ cleansing one from sin
-It shows the Gospel by displaying the work of Christ making dead souls alive
-It shows the Gospel by displaying the work of Christ in His death and resurrection
-It shows the Gospel displaying the work of Christ doing away with the old and making a new creature
Doing this publicly affirms the christian’s affiliation with Christ. It is similar to a wedding band that affirms the husband and wife’s affiliation with each other. This is why this is important to Christ. Not only are we called to deny ourselves in our immorality and our fight against sin, but we deny ourselves in a sense that we do not belong to ourselves. Christ has purchased us and He displayed that on the Cross. His works has made us right with God and our baptisms proclaim those works.
The why in communion
Communion is the ongoing affirmation of the Gospel message about Christ. On the night of Jesus’ betrayal, His disciples gathered with Jesus to partake in the passover meal. This is when Jesus introduces the Lord’s Supper or communion by stating, “this is my body, which is for you. Take this in remembrance for me.” Then Jesus took the cup and said, “this cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).
Here is what eating the bread and drinking the wine (juice) is communicating:
-It reminds the christian He is returning again (1 Cor. 11:26)
-It reminds the christian that Christ truly had a body
-It reminds the christian that a feast is waiting for them in heaven
-It reminds the christian that Christ is in you
This is why Baptism and Communion is important to the Church. These ordinances are proclaiming the very essence of the Gospel. We must be reminded of the reward we will receive through our faith in Christ. We also must publicly proclaim what the Gospel has done in our lives. We must walk in our affiliation with our Lord and Savior in word, deed, and ordinances.