(1 Corinthians 11:23-34) – The Eucharist.
This term means “Good Graces”. The word eucharisteo was used to mean “I give thanks” in the Greek language.
It’s similar to the concept of thanksgiving. We’ve set up a meal that symbolizes our thankfulness and in that meal we communicate our thankfulness for certain things.
The Eucharist is the official “Thank You” meal to the Lord for His death! “What you are supposed to do” is tied into the name.
The problem for the Corinthians was that instead of saying thank you to the Lord at this meal, many were leveraging it to promote self interest and to shame less financially fortunate believers by having huge feasts that supposedly wouldn’t have included the poor of the group.
Not only that, but instead of having quiet contemplation on the death of Christ and all its implications, they were losing their ability to contemplate by getting drunk and dulling the senses.
God wanted focused senses, not dulled ones. He wanted them to be in tune with what He was trying to say, not be bombastically drunk.
In addition to these things, there was an aspect of evangelistic proclamation tied into the meal. They were bringing the crucifixion back up to mind and in so doing were putting the huge sacrifice of Jesus on display.
Because of the seriousness of that, it is necessary for a person to be a clean vessel for the Lord both in that saying of thanks and in that proclamation.
When we do something for a purpose that it wasn’t intended for, it doesn’t work, and we pay be consequences for that.
When we say thank you for the pure sacrifice of Christ in an impure manner, we disrespect the Lord and His work for us.
Saying “thank you” was to begin at the meal, and continue by living the Life He planned for us! It’s what’s best!