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.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. “ (Luke 22:19-20 NIV)
I always look forward to participating in the Lord’s Supper (Communion/Eucharist) at church. As I partake of the bread and grape juice (wine), symbolic of Christ’s body and blood, I pray that the familiarity of this sacred ritual will not rob it of its rich meaning.
The evening before Jesus' death, He shared the Passover meal (the Last Supper) with His disciples and instituted the Lord’s Supper. Participating in the Lord’s Supper is a time to remember Jesus’ sacrificial death and to acknowledge the high cost of our salvation. It is a time to celebrate the New Covenant, whereby Christ offered Himself up as a sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 7:27), and through His shed blood, we have redemption and forgiveness of sin. (Ephesians 1:7) It is also a time to rejoice that Jesus rose from the dead and will return to earth again. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
For me, the Lord's Supper is a time to search my heart and evaluate my commitment to Christ. Am I giving Jesus first place in my life? Is there an area of my life that I need to surrender? This solemn, yet glorious time of worship strengthens my walk with Christ and renews my joy and peace.
Heavenly Father, thank You that fellow believers can come together and participate in the Lord’s Supper, a time to remember all that Christ has done for us. Guard this sacred time of worship against routine, lifeless ritual, or absence of meaning. In Jesus’ name. Amen.