A Few Thoughts on the Lord’s Supper/Holy Communion
What are we doing when we observe the Lord’s Supper/Holy Communion?
- First, we are remembering and reenacting Jesus’ last supper with his disciples just before His suffering, crucifixion, and death.
- Second, we are celebrating an actual meal with the risen Lord and Savior.
- Third, we are anticipating the promised, future heavenly banquet which Christ will prepare at the end of history.
- Therefore, in the Lord’s Supper/Communion we are remembering Christ,
celebrating Christ, and anticipating Christ.
What does the bread and wine symbolize?
- First, the bread and the juice remind us of the great sacrifice Christ made for us in His suffering and death (His body broken and His blood shed for you and me.)
- Second, the gathering of the wheat to make the bread and the pressing together of the grapes to make the juice reminds us that all believers are the body of Christ, the Church. As such we are to live lives worthy of being called Christ’s disciples.
Who may participate in the Lord’s Supper/Communion?
- All who confess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and seek to walk in His ways are welcome to receive the bread and the cup at the Lord’s Table. (Children may participate at the discretion of their parents.)