Our scripture this morning is 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.”
Today is World Communion Sunday for many Christian traditions. Whether or not you take Communion today, I invite you to think about the Lord’s Supper, how it signifies the New Covenant God has made with us through Christ’s sacrifice, and what that means to you. While this is something we do together as the body of Christ, it is intensely personal, just as is our repentance for sin and acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and savior.
Paul was not at the Last Supper, but through Christ’s appearance to him on the Damascus Road (Acts 9), he was led to an understanding of the depth and breadth of God’s love for us. Jesus showed by His life, death and resurrection what God was willing to do for our salvation. By remembering His sacrifice for us in this meal, “you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again” (v. 26).
While none of us were at the Last Supper either, we can share the wonderful experience through the gift of Holy Communion. Like all the believers since Christ’s ascension, we celebrate together as His body here on earth. Know that Jesus speaks the same promise to you as He did the disciples, calling you to “do this in remembrance of me”.
Heavenly Father, we are grateful for Your love poured out through the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Help us to always remember the blessing we have been given and go to the world in Your name. Amen.