The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Super is an important component of Christian worship. It was first administrated by the Lord on the eve of His death. It is a memorial that we take as a remembrance and thankful expression of Christ’s sacrificial death. The two symbols of Communion are the bread, representing the body of Christ, and the cup, representing His shed blood.
The Lord’s super is described in four passages of the Bible: Matthew 26:6-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:15-20; and 1 Corinthians 11:23-25.
When we celebrate the Lord’s super as a remembrance of Christ’s death for the redemption of believers from sin and condemnation. It is a thanksgiving for the blessings and salvation of God made available by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me. (Luke 22:19)
Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thess. 5:22) 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.” (1 Cor. 11:24)
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. (Matt. 26:27)
Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. (Mark 14:23)
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19)
The Lord’s Super also signifies our fellowship with Christ as we participate in a celebration of His sacrificial death, as well as fellowship with other members of the Church. It is a recognition and proclamation of the New Covenant between God and Man.
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. (1 Cor. 10:17-17)
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:20)
And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. (Luke 24:35)
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Thi do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (1 Cor. 11:25)
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matt. 6:28)
And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. (Mark 14:24)
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:20)
The Lord’s Supper is also a foretaste of the future kingdom of God. When we celebrate it, we look forward to the imminent return of Christ for His people.
And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 8:11)
Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:25)
They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:29)
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;for I say to you,I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. ” (Luke 22, 17-18, 30)
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. (1 Cor. 11:26)
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matt. 6:10)
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Rev. 22:20)