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1 Cor. 11:23-25 The Supper

posted May 8, 2020, 9:34 AM by Jacob Boer

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

The Lord’s Supper, like baptism, is one of those times when the veil between heaven and earth is really thin and you can experience the presence of God in amazing ways. I remember talking with an older gentleman about what the Lord’s Supper meant, how it’s a symbol of how the Lord feeds us and strengthens us through the Holy Spirit. He was reassured because he had thought the Christian faith was kind of grim with its focus on eating Jesus’ body and drinking his blood. When he saw that this is all symbolic and yet very real in how God nourishes us spiritually, pointing us to forgiveness, new life, and strength for the day, he was able to embrace the faith. He even mentioned that we should be celebrating the Lord’s Supper every day then, and I found it hard to disagree with him. What a special way to celebrate each day what Jesus has done for us and continues to do!

 

Q. How does the holy supper remind and assure you that you share in Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross and in all his benefits?

A. In this way: Christ has commanded me and all believers to eat this broken bread and to drink this cup in remembrance of him. With this command come these promises:

First, as surely as I see with my eyes the bread of the Lord broken for me and the cup shared with me, so surely his body was offered and broken for me and his blood poured out for me on the cross.

Second, as surely as I receive from the hand of the one who serves, and taste with my mouth the bread and cup of the Lord, given me as sure signs of Christ’s body and blood, so surely he nourishes and refreshes my soul for eternal life with his crucified body and poured-out blood.

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