(Luke 22:14- 24 , NKJV)
17Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:17- 19 , NKJV).
This past Sunday I had the privilege of leading our congregation in the worship of our Lord by participating in the Lord’s Supper. My encouragement to them was the usual “do this in remembrance of [Jesus]” that we so often hear during this time. However, I took it just a step further following in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. I have discovered that too often we as Christians look at Communion as only having backwards or past implications, that, as our Communion tables remind us, this is a memorial service to honor what Jesus did way back then. Yes, it’s true, we do commemorate the selfless act of Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of the world, but we also are to observe that act’s effect upon our lives today and to look, with unfading hope and expectation, for His return to gather His saints.
The Apostle Paul reminded the Church at Corinth that the Lord’s Supper was shared to remember what Christ did to save them (and the world) from their sins, but he also tells them that by participating in this worship of Jesus the Christ they are sending the world a huge, loud and very important message. Paul stated that “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 corinthians 11:19-29, NKJV; emphasis mine). The word “proclaim” is also translated show. This all means that by taking part in this act of worship we are declaring something, that we are sending a message about Jesus. What might that message be?
By partaking in the Lord’s Supper we are preaching, proclaiming, showing, declaring that Jesus is the Son of God, that yes He did die for the sins of the world and yes He did rise from the grave defeating sin and death and that He did ascend to the Father where He sits at His right hand making intercession for us who believe. We are sending the message to the world that Jesus, the risen Lord is returning for His people. If this is not the message that you intend to send to people when you eat the Lord’s Supper – IT’S NOT FOR YOU. What are you preaching?