“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)
The Basket Case Chronicles #134
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread . . .” (1 Cor. 11: 23).
In the verses to follow, we will discuss the administration of the Lord’s Supper itself. Here we should begin by noting where Paul got what he is about to pass on to the Corinthians. Paul was not present when the Lord instituted the Supper, and yet he says here that he received what he is about to say from the Lord. He received it from the Lord directly—he says I received it.
When he received it, he handed over, delivered what he had received. The word used for delivered here was paradidomi. This is striking because it is the same word that he uses in the very next phrase when he describes how Jesus was betrayed, or handed over.
Now what this means that when the Lord was getting the apostle Paul “up to speed” —for he was like one untimely born (1 Cor. 15:8)—one of the topics the Lord covered with Paul was the subject of the Lord’s Supper. Paul makes a point of insisting that he did not get the message he preached from the other apostles (Gal. 1:15-17). That means that the resurrected and ascended Lord included this subject on the syllabus He was covering with Paul. Jesus, teaching Paul, remembered what He had done for His disciples the night He was betrayed. And Paul handed this remembrance over to the Corinthians, just as Judas had handed Jesus over to the chief priests.