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The Lord’s Supper

25 Mar

The Lord’s Supper

It was the evening before His crucifixion, ”the night in which He was betrayed,” that the Lord arranged to borrow an upper room on Mt. Zion to host His Disciples for the Jewish Seder meal at which He instituted a new supper to be done ”in remembrance of me.” We call this memorial meal, ”The Lord’s Supper.” It is His andnot ours. He does the inviting. Whenever we partake in this act of remembrance we are invited guests, as were the Disciples in the upper room that fateful evening. Why have Christians been gathering in churches, in homes, in catacombs, in hidden basements, in prison cells, and a myriad of other places down through the centuries to observe this meal?

We do so in order that we might grant His request to ”do this in remembrance of me” (1 Cor 11:24) In the language in the New Testament the word here means to call back into our memories a vivid experience from the past and meditate upon it. The Greek text denotes indefinite repetition, that is, to do it again and again and again. Each time we observe the Lord’s Supper it stirs in our hearts thankful memories of His sacrifice for us. This is one of the reasons that the Lord’s Supper is only for those who have by faith been born into the family of God.

Paul says that by partaking of this supper we ”proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. He uses the Greek word here which means that we are preaching a sermon when we come to the Lord’s table You say, ”I could never preach a sermon, but you are doing so each time you take of the cup and the bread. You are retelling the story of the cross and His vicarious death for us. The Lord’s Supper and baptism are sermons we all preach about the substitutionary and vicarious death of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:24