While our focus during the Advent season is upon Christ’s incarnation & birth, we should ever be mindful that He was born to die. As we come to this table, it should be noted that we are commanded to keep this Supper until Christ comes; and in our partaking of it, we show the Lord’s death.
There is poignancy in the Lord’s death. To state the obvious, death isn’t possible unless He was first born in the likeness of human flesh, and then lived a truly human life. And so, it’s the death of the Lord which we declare each time we partake of this bread & wine.
The church makes a corporate proclamation whenever we take this meal. We proclaim that God became a man and died. He died the death our sin deserved; He died so that one day death might be no more; He died in order that we might not die the second death.
The death of Christ, as Spurgeon once put it, is the hinge of history. This is the central moment of history. It demands your attention. It demands that you live accordingly. It demands that nothing can ever be the same. The world can’t be the same because the eternal Christ died for the sins of the world. Mankind must either partake of Christ by faith, or else partake at the demons’ table (1 Cor. 10:21).
And so, week after week, Lord’s Day after Lord’s Day, like the drumbeat of an advancing army, we proclaim the Lord’s Death. The death of the babe born in Bethlehem, the death of the Christ, the death of the King of the Jews, the death of Jesus of Nazareth. The Death which all peoples of the earth must reckon with. Here we proclaim it. Next week we proclaim it. Until He comes again we proclaim the death which defanged Death itself.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesus Christ…