Each of us here today became Christ’s disciple the moment of our salvation. Disciples are Christ’s sheep, who hear His voice and follow Him. Followers are disciples, disciples are believers, and believers are Christians, and Christians have been born again at the moment they were saved. So we gather as God’s family, saved by grace, through faith, the moment we called upon the Name of the Lord.
Communion is when we gather as Christ’s Body, to declare that Christ is the center of our lives, and we are His disciples. We celebrate by reaffirming: Christ’s death in our place, His burial with our sins, and His resurrection for our endless life, is the heart of our life here on Earth each day.
CHRIST IS TO BE THE CENTER OF HIS DISCIPLE’S LIFE
Christ is the center in the life of those who are saved, who are born-again, and who are believers. That means that for a true disciple of Jesus: Christ is central to everything. We could summarize Christ’s message of salvation to the phrase: “It’s no longer I who live, but Christ”. That is why self-centered living is one of the key areas we are to resist all of our days.
Paul distilled the message of salvation down to phrase when he gave his testimony in Galatians 2:20. Paul explains the result of salvation is: “not I but Christ”; and the method of salvation is: “He gave Himself for me”.
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
JESUS SPOKE OF HIMSELF AS THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING
Jesus spoke of Himself so often. In Christ’s words that fill 1,958 verses of the Gospels, we find Him using the first person pronoun 1,473 times in 773 verses. That is a lot. Jesus was saying I want you to listen to Me, and think about My words for you! That is why our self-centeredness is so offensive to God. Life is not about us, but life is about Christ.