“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." Galatians 5:13
Christ lived and died to keep the covenant that we had broken in order to set us free from sin.
The Lord’s Supper is a call to freedom.
It is first a declaration of freedom. The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ cleansed you from all sin, through faith. The guilt and shame that we richly deserve is taken away by the blood and obedience of Christ. We are set free from the guilt and condemnation of the law.
But it is also a call to live in that freedom from sin. Go and sin no more. Do not return to the bondage of sin. You are free in Christ, live as free men and women. Sin no longer has dominion over you. Christ has set you free from sin, now live in that freedom.
But also, the Lord’s supper equips us to live in freedom. This sacrament is a means of grace. Grace qualifies and equips you to live in the freedom that belongs to the Children of God.
We come to the Table as believers, confessing that Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior. He is my righteousness, he is my forgiveness, he is my elder brother and friend. He is the Son of God and the only savior of sinners.
That confession qualifies you to come to the table. If you do not confess that truth, please, for your own sake, do not come. Just as this table is a means of grace, it is also a means of condemnation to those who have not received or expressed the gift of faith.
But to you, believers - Come with boldness. Come with confidence. Come with joy. Enter into the freedom your Lord Jesus Christ has earned for you.
You are loved, you are righteous, you are forgiven, you are accepted, you are safe in his hands.