What does it say? The Corinthian believers were not observing the Lord’s Supper as they should.
What does it mean? It seems the Corinthian believers were mixing old habits from feasts that celebrated idols with the observance of the Lord’s Supper, leading to drunkenness, gluttony, and division. They weren’t looking to Jesus’ example or remembering the purpose He stated for the memorial. The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is a time of reflection. One should look back to the death of Christ on the cross; look forward, expecting His return; and look inward, making sure things are right with God and other believers. Those who partake when they know they have sin in their lives risk God’s judgment.
How should I respond? What is your attitude as you approach the Lord’s Supper with your church family? The symbolism of the body and blood of our Savior requires solemn self-examination. Do you reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and your part in putting Him there? It’s hard to hold a grudge against someone while simultaneously thanking God for such mercy and grace! What needs to be cleared up between you and another believer? Between you and God? Be ready to truly celebrate the Lord’s Supper, not just go through the motions of a religious tradition.