What is the Lord’s Supper all about? Is it all about something we are doing for God? That we’re showing our faithfulness that we’re remembering him? After all didn’t Jesus say ‘do this in remembrance of me’?
I’ve recently been talking about how Christianity is entirely focused on what God does for us and the same is true even in the Lord’s Supper. Matthew chapter 26 it says this:
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples. He said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the new testament, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. – Matthew 26:26-28
Jesus says that we received some amazing gifts in the holy supper. His body and his blood.
But how can that be pastor? All I see is bread and wine.
We have to recognize the one who speaks these words, it’s the same one who changed water into wine, the same one who walked on water, the same one who calmed storms, and raised people from the dead. Jesus who has all authority in heaven and on earth, he who does not speak lies said to us “this is my body, this is my blood.”
He’d have us believe that is actually what we receive in the Lord’s Supper, but even more than this. As he goes on to say He also gives us a precious gift of the forgiveness of sins in the holy supper.
So next time you receive the Lord’s Supper, don’t go simply because you feel obligated, or simply because you want to show your faithfulness to God, or remember Jesus, but do it in order to receive from him. To receive his body and blood to receive his forgiveness of sins. Amen.