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What Is the Meaning of Lord’s Supper/Passover Ceremony?


Why is the Lord’s Supper/Communion/Passover ceremony still important?  What does it mean?  Historically, the Gospels portray the first “Lord’s Supper” as part of a Passover Seder meal the night before Jesus died.   During that meal, Christ changed the symbols taken from roasted lamb to bread and wine, which are symbols of accepting the new covenant and accepting Jesus’ sacrifice.  Paul explains that if someone eats and drinks of the Lord’s Supper (i.e., “communion” or the Eucharist), he or she has accepted Jesus' sacrifice and announces it to others publicly (I Cor. 11:23-26): 


          “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night [Passover] in which 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 He took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.”


Jesus clearly said that the bread symbolized His body and the wine symbolized His blood being sacrificed to save His disciples.  The Eucharist also symbolizes the mystical spiritual unity of the church, of the Body of Christ:  "Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ?  Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?  Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread" (I Cor. 10:16-17).  In general in I Cor. 11:23-33; 10:15-17, Paul also instructs Christians about how to take the Lord's Supper properly, with the right attitude and focus, so God doesn't punish us.  Such directions apply just as much today as they did then about taking the symbols of Jesus' sacrifice.


However, two or more years before Christ died, he told a crowd of disbelieving Jews that they would have to accept His sacrifice in order to be saved.  He proclaimed (John 6:48), “I am the bread of life,” and (verse 51), “I am the living bread which came down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”  After Jesus told some of His disciples, "unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves," a number “of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore" (John 6:53, 66).  Although in this chapter of John’s Gospel Jesus didn’t establish a specific ceremony or ritual when debating with the Jews, He clearly explained here the meaning of the symbols of the Lord’s Supper. By participating in this ceremony we show that we have the saving faith that allows us to be saved.  Indeed, someone who refuses to engage in this ceremony shows that he doesn’t have saving faith, which on this basis makes it necessary for salvation. God requires Christians to take the Lord’s Supper.  I believe that it should be taken on the night of Nisan  14 (using the Jewish calendar) once a year, which is the same night that Jesus took it with His disciples originally.


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