The Lord’s supper is the only memorial Christ left His people to remember His sacrifice. It is a simple feast of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine. Some may be familiar with these facts; however, many do not know much about it. So, let us go over some basics about the Lord’s supper.
What is the Lord’s Supper? The Lord’s supper is mainly a memorial to Jesus’ death on the cross (Matt. 26:26-29). Jesus Himself established this memorial feast on the night He was betrayed. The Lord’s Supper is a communion (a sharing) in the body and blood of Jesus (1 Cor. 10:14-18). It is also a proclamation of Jesus’ death and the promise that He will indeed return (1 Cor. 11:23-26).
Why do we take the Lord’s supper? Christians partake of the Lord’s supper for a few reasons. 1.) Jesus commanded it (Lk. 22:19) 2.) The Apostles taught that its necessity (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:23) and 3.) The first Christians observed it every first day of the week, leaving us an example to follow (Acts 20:7).
What is the significance of the Lord’s supper? The fruit of the vine represents Jesus’ blood which was shed on the cross for the remission of sins (Matt. 26:27-29). The bread represents the body that was nailed to the cross for our sins (1 Cor. 11:23-24). Besides what the elements represent, our weekly observance of the Lord’s supper provides us a time of quiet reflection to think upon that great price that was paid for our souls. In partaking, we need to mindful of the Lord’s body and blood (1 Cor. 11:27-32).