Do we all really understand the significance of the Lord’s supper? I hope this article helps…
And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. (Mark 14:22-24)
What is the Lord’s Supper?
The Lord’s Supper also known as Communion is when you eat unleavened bread and drink wine (most churches give grape juice) in the remembrance of Christ’s death.
What is Spiritual Importance?
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. (John 6:51-56)
Jesus is saying that we must have his flesh and his blood to have eternal life. To be one with Christ we must believe and accept his sacrifice for us. His blood cleanses us from sin and his flesh paid the price for our healing, griefs, and sorrows. If we do not partake of his body and blood we are not his.
Taking the Lord’s Supper in Vain
In the church I attend, I used to teach the youth Friday night class. One night I asked if everyone had been baptized or were thinking of getting baptized. One teen answered that he wanted to get baptized so that he could eat the bread and drink the juice, that he gets hungry at church. He had no idea what the Lord’s Supper is for. I am sure that many Christians think the same way. If you take it, why do you? Is it because everyone else does it? Or because you feel like you should do it?
Taking the Lord’s Supper more spiritual than physical. It is not just eating a piece of bread, there is something that literally occurs in the spirit realm. Spiritual effects are clearly seen in Paul’s writings in 1 Corinthians.
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (1 Corthinans 11:23-30)
The Supper is for Believers
Paul is writing to believers, he wrote to the church at Corinth. Believers were the ones taking the Lord’s body in vain. They could not discern the spiritual significance of the physical act. Paul says that if we judge ourselves we would be fine. How many of us know that something in our character is not Godly and do nothing about it? Judgment has to start in the house of God. When you do not use proper judgment then your judgment gets impaired. After some time of ignoring what the Holy Spirit says in one area literally it’s as if he stops talking. That is because you have become dull of hearing.
The Consequence of not taking the Lord’s Supper Seriously
Paul writes that when you eat and drink unworthily you bring damnation upon yourself. Imagine that, no one brings it upon you, you do it to yourself. It seems that this topic was a major issue at the church in Corinth. Paul said that many were weak, sickly and even dead because of it. Physical actions affect the spirit realm. All these people did was eat some bread and drink some wine and the outcome was devastating. But why?
Spiritually they disconnected themselves from the source of life: Christ. When you disconnect from God you shall surely die, spiritually and eventually physically. Judas was the first person to take it unworthily. Mark 14:23 says “he gave it to them: and they all drank of it”. All of Jesus’ disciple drank of the cup, including Judas. Judas literally damned himself when he took of the body and blood of Christ. He would soon after betray Jesus. We all know how that story ended, he hung him and did not even get a burial.
Now that you have a deeper understanding of the Lord’s Supper apply the revelation you received. What will you do with this knowledge? Correctly apply what you have learned. No one is above spiritual law, it does not matter if you are a believer or a nonbeliever. Connect yourself to the source of life, the one that created all life. Come into communion with him and live!