11:23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
Do you see it? Some may wonder why is Paul retelling us what we already know? I mean what Christian doesn't know that Jesus offered bread and wine to His disciples the night before He died? What does this retelling have to do with the fact they have turned the celebration of the last supper into a selfish class based gluttonous party?
What did Jesus say? "This is My body broken for you... This is the new covenant in My blood..." What's the difference between the old and new covenant? The old one was all about us. It started with Cain offering his own produce. It escalated from there to thousands of rams and bulls until finally people were offering their own children. The belief that we had to buy our way back to God is the old covenant and it was a bottomless pit of despair. It was also an instrument of self-obsession. The price was so impossibly high and the pursuit so devoid of peace that every person who was trying had no energy left for anyone else because their own attempts to meet the demands of the covenant were exhausting.
"This is My body broken for you..."
Jesus is facing imminent death and where are His thoughts? Where is the focus of His concern? His disciples. The life of Jesus was a relentless example of other centeredness. He lived for the benefit of others. He died for the benefit of others. There was not one thing He ever did that was 'me first'.
How can His followers who have any grasp of that come together to celebrate what He did for us and turn it into a 'me first' mess of selfishness? Do we love Him? Do we understand Him? Or are we trying to use Him? Paul pointed them back to Jesus. Look at Jesus. Watch Him. Study Him. Think about what He did and why. It is impossible to truly appreciate Him and remain self-centered.
"I, if I be lifted up, I will draw all men to Myself." - Jesus