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John 6:35, 40, 50-54 Why I love the Lord’s Supper

posted May 11, 2020, 9:45 AM by Jacob Boer

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” 

This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day;”

The Lord’s Supper is so much more than just remembering Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. By celebrating the Lord’s Supper, especially together as a church family, an important spiritual connection is made between us and Jesus and between us together. This is why I am eagerly waiting for the day we can celebrate the Lord’s Supper together in person again! This is a spiritual meal, one where the Holy Spirit does its work of uniting us more and more with Jesus’ body, and since the church is the Body of Christ, we are joined more and more together as well. Then there’s this promise that when we eat and drink the Lord’s Supper, that our souls and hearts are satisfied; we discover peace and contentment! This is why I love the Lord’s Supper.

 

 

Q. What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and to drink his poured-out blood?

A. It means to accept with a believing heart the entire suffering and death of Christ and thereby to receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life. But it means more. Through the Holy Spirit, who lives both in Christ and in us, we are united more and more to Christ’s blessed body. And so, although he is in heaven and we are on earth, we are flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone. And we forever live on and are governed by one Spirit, as the members of our body are by one soul.

 

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