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By DOUG EDWARDS
The Lord’s Supper – 1 Corinthians 11:26
“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is a gift from God to remind us of what is important in our Christian lives. It reminds us of three essential truths to hold on to:
• It reminds us that Jesus’ death was necessary for our salvation. The cup reminds us of the blood of Christ, which was shed so that we can have forgiveness of sin. “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). Through his death we can experience forgiveness of our sin and enter into a personal relationship with God.
• It reminds us the importance of our personal faith. The Bible tells us that all believers have faith. “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). Eating food, in and of itself, does not guarantee proper nourishment. What really matters is what I eat. Faith also, in and of itself, does not guarantee I have a right relationship with God — it is where I place my faith. It is Jesus, not our faith, that has the power to save; and when faith is placed in Him, salvation is the result. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference” (Romans 3:22).
• It reminds us that Jesus is coming again. Celebrating the Lord’s Supper reminds me of the truth that Jesus is coming back. Jesus said “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me …” (John 14:3).
Why do I need to be reminded? Because I easily forget and let my thinking drift and start believing that Christianity is about me. The Lord’s Supper is a visible reminder that Jesus is the center of everything and the source of all I am and all I need.
Doug Edwards is pastor of First Baptist Church.