Is Nothing Sacred?
We are living in a world that is attempting to reduce our humanity to merely the practical, the physical and the monetary, unto the buying and selling of everthing about us, even our souls (Revelation18,13).
But praise Jesus' holy Name, there are still a few things that are sacred: The holy word of God; the Holy Ghost who lives in us, purchased at the cost of our Lord Jesus' blood; the related blessings of water and Holy Ghost baptism.
And the Lord's Supper, our sacred feast with him.
Praise his holy Name for the holiness of the Lord's Supper.
"I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you." John14,18
"Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2Corinthians3,17
"On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you [the priests]." Exodus12,16
"The portion I given them of the food burnt for me [cereal offering] must not be baked with leaven; it is especially holy, like the sacrifice for sin and the sacrifice for reparation. 18 All male descendants of Aaron are entitled to eat this portion of the food burnt for Yahweh (this is a perpetual law for all your descendants, and anyone who touches it will become holy." (Leviticus6,17-18; see also Ezekiel44,19 where priestly garments must not be brought into outer court, lest they sanctify the people).
At The Lord's Table We Discover The Sacred
A sacred thing is something holy, set apart for the Lord's honor and use.
While we Christians are not bound by the Mosaic Law and its cultic rules, we are bound by the two ordinances of Jesus: water baptism and the Lord's Supper. These two Christian ordinances, if done with faith, epitomize and fulfill both the holiness requirement of Leviticus19,2 ("You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy") and his prophesy that all his people would one day be priests (Exodus19,6)
To be holy and priestly (1Peter2,5 and 9) is to be set apart from the profane and put to use by God. Another way to say it is one is holy and priestly when one is consecrated to and by the Lord, that is fully blessed by Him. (The great Apostle John G. Lake comes to mind. He always exhorted all to understand the power of our personal consecration to the Lord.)
If we come to the water and the table with actual faith, God effectuates vital consecrations that reveal the supernatural and sacred basis of these two ordinances.
Water baptism, having the Name of Jesus called over us (Acts2,21; 2,36-38) consecrates us unto service to the Lord, and usually precedes our further consecration via baptism in the Holy Spirit. Water baptism is the seed of consecration (1Peter1,23, the seed of rebirth), unto the fruitful pouring out of the Spirit on us and into us (Joel2,28, "pour out my Spirit on all flesh"), making us Temples of the Holy Ghost, that is, fully consecrated.
By these baptismal consecrations, our bodies become and represent a "living sacrifice, holy and aceptable" unto the service of the Lord (Romans12,1).
By these faithful baptisms (Hebrews6,2), we are fit to lead, ie to bless the bread and wine, the living or Spiritual sacrifice (1Peter2,5) at the table of the Lord. And fit to eat Spiritual food and drink therefrom, "real food and drink" (1Corinthians10,3-4), consecrated food and drink. In the Hebrew scriptures only the consecrated Aaronic priests could partake of the sanctified portions of the offerings (Leviticus6,18), but that all changed since we Christians got fully holy by our faith. (1Corinthians11,29 depicts what happens when unconsecrated, ie unfaithful, undiscerning, people, partake of consecrated things: they get sick, and even die.)
Sons and Daughters Get Hungry On The Journey
He promised not to leave us orphans but to come to us (John14,18). We often associate this with the sending of the Sprit, another "advocate", as at Pentecost. But this adds something to our table fellowship too. It suggests also that Jesus would not and did not leave his holy children, his priestly friends, without real Spiritual food and drink, amdist our journey through a profane world that leaves us starving for the sacred sustenance of God.
It was the first teaching repsonsibility of the holy Aaronic priesthood to distinguish between the Holy and profane, clean and unclean (Leviticus10,10). Likewise, we Christians, all priests, are called upon to live faithful lives consecrated to Lord, obeying all commands, not the least of which was "do this" living memorial in his memory, this new Spiritual sacrifice (1Peter2,5), open to those born again of the supernatural seed of faith.
Some Things Are Sacred
So, yes, praise Jesus, some things are still sacred, not the least of which is the the Lord's Supper.
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