Summary: For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. - 1 Corinthians 11:26 The Lord’s Supper is not just a symbol but a very important reminder of the holy act of God shedding His blood for the sins of ...
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. - 1 Corinthians 11:26
The Lord’s Supper is not just a symbol but a very important reminder of the holy act of God shedding His blood for the sins of men. There is a strengthening of our faith and spirit in taking the communion. If we partake of this supper in an unworthy way and are not having a reverential fear of the Lord in our daily lives then we can incur God’s judgement on the Church and ourselves. In A.D. 80 the Didache states, “But let no one eat or drink of your Lord’s Supper, unless they have been baptized into the Name of the Lord; for concerning this also the Lord has said, ‘Give not that which is holy to the dogs.’ " In 1 Corinthians we are reminded to examine ourselves: “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”
The Lord’s Supper also always keeps us humble showing that we are great sinners in need of salvation. The Lord’s Supper reminds us to visualize and remember the great sacrifice of our Lord. An old Apostolic prayer states: “To us You have graciously given spiritual food and drink, and eternal life through Your servant.” Thus we should be thankful and humbled in taking of Holy Communion. Francis Chan says, “We take the Lord's Supper in a reverent and Biblical manner and keep the cross as central. This common act connects us with believers of the past, and it proclaims the death of Jesus to those observing.” The cup of thanksgiving also reminds us to bring the Good News message of the Crucified Saviour to lost perishing souls in the world and unreached Nations.