By Billy Graham • September 24, 2007 • Topics: Bible, Christianity
While churches differ in their understanding of the Lord’s Supper (or, as some churches call it, Communion or the Eucharist), they all realize its importance and seek to give it a central place in their worship. This has been true since the beginning of the Christian faith.
The reason is simple: Jesus told His disciples to celebrate it regularly until He comes again, just as He celebrated it with them shortly before His death. The Apostle Paul recorded that first Lord’s Supper this way: “The Lord Jesus, on the night 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'” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24). In a similar way, Jesus gave them a cup of wine symbolizing His blood, “which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).
In other words, the Lord’s Supper should always remind us of Jesus’ death for us. He was sinless and didn’t deserve to die—but He willingly took our sins upon Himself, and by His death on the cross He purchased our salvation. The Bible says, “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
Don’t ever let the Lord’s Supper become something ordinary or boring. It tells us about the greatest event in human history: Jesus’ death for us. May God use it to remind you of His love for you, and to rekindle your love for Him.