1 Corinthians 11:28-29
28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
Jesus is the Ruler of all.
He is the one and only Sovereign.
He reigns over all.
ruler (measuring rod):
He is the standard of perfection.
He is the holiness by which all will be judged.
When we come to the table of communion we acknowledge two truths about Jesus in receiving the blood-filled cups:
(1) Jesus is Lord
Not just "a" lord, but "the" Lord and our Lord.
(2) Jesus is the standard of perfection
Not just a good example, but the exemplar - the spotless Lamb.
How do you measure up?
Is He your Ruler?
Do you submit to Him?
He is God.
You are not.
Is He is your ruler?
Do you consider yourself on par with His perfection?
He is perfect.
You are not.
In receiving these two truths, we take the cup and drink our salvation in the humility of rendering ourselves nothing but servants saved by grace.
If these two confessions are in your heart and on your lips, drink in deeply the riches of peace and promise.
If these two confessions are foreign to your heart and lips, you drink down your doom.
1 Corinthians 11:26
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
You proclaim either your judgement in failing to acknowledge Him as Lord and yourself as sinful
You proclaim your salvation by acknowleding Him as Lord and yourself as sinful.