Paul wanted the Corinthians and all who would read to understand the meaning behind taking communion or what some call the Lord’s last supper.
“For I have received of the Lord
that which also I delivered unto you,
That the Lord Jesus the same night
in which he was betrayed took bread…”
1Cor. 11: 23.
Food, families, and retelling stories of deliverance filled the night air with rejoicing throughout Jerusalem. Every household was the same, except for one.
In the home of their host, the disciples prepared to celebrate the Passover with Jesus but their celebration suddenly took on a mysterious flavor.
“And in the evening he cometh with the twelve. And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said,
Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.
And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?
And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.” Mark 14: 17-21.
Paul instructs the Corinthians further about this unusual Passover. For here the traditional celebration takes on its fullest meaning bringing with it a somber flavor of wonder and worship. The Lord introduced the new thing about to happen. Paul repeats His words.
“And when he had given thanks, he brake it and said,
Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you:
this do in remembrance of me…”1Cor. 11:24.
“Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world…
And Jesus said unto them,
I am the bread of life:
he that cometh to me shall never hunger,
and he that believeth on me shall never thirst…
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
I am that bread of life…
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (Taken from John 6)
“ Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith SACRIFICE AND OFFERING THOU WOULDEST NOT, BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED FOR ME…
Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Heb. 10:5, 9,10
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should life unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1Peter 2:24
Paul continues with his instructions.
“After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying,
This cup is the new testament in my blood:
this do ye, as oft, as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1Cor. 11: 25
“And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament,
which is shed for many.” Mark 14:24
“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” Heb. 10:4
“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us…
And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament… For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator…
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us…
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (From Heb. 9)
The communion meal is the testimony of Christ in us made possible through His broken body and shed blood. It is the testimony of our being made one in Him, personally and as a body of believers, and He in us. It is a reminder of the Father’s answer to Jesus’ prayer just before His arrest.
“Neither pray I for these alone,
but for them also which shall believe on me through their word:
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us:
that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;
and that the world may know that thou hast sent me,
and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” John 17:20-23.
May we remember Paul’s words to the Corinthians:
“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” 1Cor. 26.
And Jesus said to pray,
“Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matt. 6:10
And God’s last words to those who will hear,
“He which testifieth these things saith,
Surely I come quickly. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all. Amen.”
Rev. 22: 20,21.
Let us be diligent in,
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints….
Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” Eph. 6:18, 23,24
Did you know the Lord’s last supper wasn’t His real last supper? There is at least one more coming.
“And he saith unto me, Write,
Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Rev. 19:9
Praying to see you all at the greatest supper still to come.
What does the communion meal/the Lord’s supper mean to you? How often do you or your church body share in it?