The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1 Corinthians 11:23-29

I had the pleasure of serving communion at an Emmaus Gathering Saturday evening. It’s our practice there to serve communion by intinction where those receiving the bread dip it into the juice and partake both elements at the same time. I enjoy serving communion, and it blesses me to do so especially that way, as I get to speak to every person as I serve them, conveying Christ’s love and sacrifice in such phrases as “This is Christ’s blood, shed for you”, or “The bread of life, given for you”. I also say these things when I am serving communion in our church. I am blessed each and every time I serve.

I know that Holy Communion (also known as the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist), is one of the two sacraments practiced by most Protestant churches (the other is the baptism). A sacrament is a rite or ceremony instituted by Jesus and observed by the church as a visible means of God’s grace. We experience God’s grace in the act of the Lord’s Supper when we realize the significance of the words that are said and of the elements themselves. We are told, through His telling of the disciples, to “do this in remembrance of Me” when we participate in the Lord’s Supper. We are to remember the person and the work of Jesus Christ—His love and sacrifice. The elements themselves are tangible symbols of Christ’s sacrifice, ones that we consume so as to reinforce that connection to Jesus. His body was broken and His blood was shed—because of our sin—so that we could have eternal life. The physical act of eating and drinking are to reinforce both the acknowledgement of His sacrifice for our sin as well as the glorious promise of eternal life. They are also to demonstrate that just as we cannot live without food and drink in our physical lives, neither can we live eternally without the death and resurrection of our Redeemer.


Paul tells us in the scripture reference above that each time we take communion, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. What exactly does that mean? It means that it is our declaration to the world and its rulers that Jesus died for us, so that we could live with Him forever. We assert the words of that precious old hymn: “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” And as His beloved children, we will affirm it proudly.


Prayer Requests

  • For those persecuted for their faith by governments or militants such as ISIS
  • For children who are being victimized, bullied, abused
  • For those who are victimizing, bullying, or abusing children
  • For the light of Jesus to shine through us in this dark world
  • For us to seek His will in every aspect of our individual and church lives


All, I have struggled to soak in the sacredness of the Lord’s Supper. I knew that it was supposed to be a reverent occurrence, but I did not understand its holiness and impact until now. Thank you for allowing me to share my learnings with you.



“Satan continues his efforts to make sin less offensive, heaven less appealing, hell less horrific, and the gospel less urgent.”   — John MacArthur


“So much depends on our idea of God! Yet no idea of Him, however pure and perfect, is adequate to express Him as He really is. Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him.”   — Thomas Merton