Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day.
Chapter 22, Paragraph 5.
“…and the Lord’s Supper…”
1 Corinthians 11:26
Like baptism, the Lord’s Supper is a public demonstration of union with Christ. Rather than an individual declaring her union with Christ, communion is that individual joined with the church in declaring their union with Christ. When we partake of the bread and wine with fellow believers, we remember the night the lord Jesus was betrayed. We remember His death and resurrection. We remember the benefits of our union with Him. and we look forward to the marriage feast of the Lamb in glory.
It may seem odd that eating a bit of bread and drinking wine together in a religious service would have any real benefit, but communion nourishes the soul of the believer. When a Christian participates in the Lord’s Supper, she, and those with her, “do then inwardly by faith, really and indeed, yet not carnally, and corporeally, but spiritually receive, and feed upon Christ crucified and all the benefits of His death” (LBCF 30.7). With the death of Christ, with His being made sin and a curse for us, He satisfied the justice of God, obtained reconciliation, and purchased an everlasting inheritance in heaven for those who are His (LBCF 8.8). Those benefits are what we feed upon spiritually in the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper reminds us that redemption has been one for us by Christ, the captain of our salvation who brings many sons to glory (Heb. 2:10).
-Richard Barcellos, More Than A Memory
The Lord’s supper is an act of worship. It was instituted by Christ, and is to be part of religious services. As we eat the bread and drink the wine, may our hearts and minds be turned to Christ and His sacrifice for us, and look forward to the hope of His return.
Questions to Consider
- With what attitude do you approach the Lord’s Supper?