Why do We Take the Lord's Supper?


And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

- Luke 22:19 NIV

On the night of the Last Supper, Jesus wanted the disciples to take this moment and carry it in their hearts forever. It was the night of Passover, an old celebration of the Israelites where the Angel of Death passed over them.

Whoever had lamb’s blood on their door post was passed over. Jesus’ blood now takes the place of the lamb. When we have faith that Jesus is our sacrifice for our sins, His blood covers us in the same way the lamb’s blood did the Israelites.

There is a symbolic meaning to the bread and wine. The bread they ate symbolized His body and the wine was His blood. Jesus had made the statement that whoever eats of His body and drinks of His blood will live forever and never be hungry or thirsty (John 6:35). Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:54 also says, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day."

What He meant was, whoever has faith and believes in Him, as the Son of God, who takes away the sins of the world, will have a place in heaven with Him and the Father.

And while on earth, the one who puts his or her trust in Him will never be left wanting for anything, spiritually speaking. Jesus fulfills all our wants and needs when we come to Him with an open heart according to what pleases Him/brings Him glory.

The Last Supper can also be referred to as Communion. Most churches have a special Sunday they celebrate the Last Supper and some do it every Sunday.

Jesus specifically said to do this in remembrance of Him. When we take communion we are taking part in the blood covenant that God has provided for us through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. He did it for anyone who wants to be cleansed of their sins, live for Him and have eternal life.

When we take the bread and wine we should be remembering Jesus at The Last Supper. We should remember what He did with grateful hearts! Because of His sacrifice we have salvation and eternal life! By participating in receiving The Lord’s Supper we are saying “Yes” to Jesus’ call on our lives!

Reflection

1. What does Jesus’ sacrifice mean to you, personally?

2. Take a moment and reflect on The Last Supper. Put yourself there. How might this change the way you approach communion in the future?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I thank you every day for Your sacrifice for me but when I think “in remembrance of You”, I get very emotional. I just can’t imagine what You went through for us, because You love us. I want You to know I love You, and I pray I will live my life accordingly, Amen.

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