July 1, 2012
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do as often as ye drink it in remembrance of Me.”
(1 Cor. 11:25)
In the passage above, Paul is reminding the Corinthian church of the significance of the Lord’s Supper. Unfortunately their gathering had degenerated into one of selfishness, bickering, and drunkenness.
Paul reminded them of what Jesus had said to the disciples earlier, before His crucifixion, the shedding of His blood represented a new covenant with God. Every time believers gather for Communion, it is to be a time of remembering the sacrifice Jesus paid for our salvation.
Just as the Corinthian church needed to be reminded of the significance of the Lord’s Supper, so do we. Some see it just as a ritual void of meaning. Others do it out of habit without fully appreciating the significance of it. Communion or the Lord’s Supper is a time of believers in Christ remembering the great price He paid for our salvation.
He gave His body to be broken (abused and humiliated) and He shed His blood that our sins might be forgiven. He endured the agony of the cross for our sake. His sacrificial death and our faith in Him has made possible this great salvation we enjoy and we are blessed with the assurance of eternal life in His kingdom upon our death.
Jesus said – “As often as you drink of the cup, we do it in remembrance of Him.” Having gone through my recent illness that involved losing a significant amount of blood, I was reminded of just how significant blood is. Jesus shed His blood that I might live (spiritually), that we might live. How can we ever forget such a sacrifice?
Remembering what the Lord has done for us will help us better appreciate and understand the significance of the Lord’s Supper or Communion. As often as we do this, we show His death until He comes. Let us never forget what the Lord has done for us.
Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s pow’r in the blood…Would you o’er evil a victory win? There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood…In the blood of the Lamb.