This is Remembrance

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me’” (1 Corinthians 11:23–25).

 

There have been a few major views of the Lord’s Supper, which developed more precisely over the last 500 years. Seeking to be faithful to Christ’s teaching, Christians have disagreed over the nature of the elements and Christ’s presence among His people during their participation in this sacred ordinance.

Whatever one thinks about the details, at least one thing is clear: Christ intended for His people to do this in remembrance of Him. Therefore, Christians partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of who Christ is, what He did, and what He still does.

Christ is the central figure and the essence of the Christian faith. He is the Messiah, the Savior of sinners, the one and only God-man. Christ lived perfectly on behalf of sinners and died as a substitute under God’s justice. After His death, He conquered mortality itself and became the sure and sublime hope for all who trust in Him. Christ does now intercede on behalf of all those who love and trust Him, making certain that He shall keep them in His trustworthy care.

May God grant that we would come to rest in such things as we remember and trust afresh in this marvelous Savior.

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