The Lord’s supper is also called the Lord’s table or the Holy Communion.
Most of us have been taught to remember the Lord’s death for our sins as we partake of the Lord’s Supper. The usual routine is for us to quietly bow our heads, reflect on the Lord’s death for our sins, then take the piece of bread and drink the juice. We then thank the Lord and say Amen! Many times, it is even just a religious ritual that gives us a fake sense of fulfillment of a duty. For many others, it is but a display of religiosity.
What exactly is the Lord’s Supper? Why did the Lord ask us to do this in remembrance of Him? How exactly do we partake of the Lord’s Supper?
We know that Jesus our Lord bore all our sins upon Himself. We know that He took our sicknesses and diseases that we imposed upon ourselves due to enslavement to sin. But how exactly do we “experience” the benefits of His work on the cross? This is where religious Christians will say “It is by Faith” and Yes! That’s true. It is by faith indeed, but I submit to you that partaking in the Lord’s Supper is a great way to stay strong in that faith.
In fact, the Lord’s Supper represents the greatest expression of God’s love for His people.
The Lord’s Supper
1 Cor 11:23 – 26 – 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.
He goes on to say in verses 29-30 – For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason, many are weak and sick among you.
So dear brothers and sisters, when we take the wafer or bread and drink the juice, let us reflect on what these emblems represent and let us ensure we take them in a worthy manner and discerning the Lord’s body. As you know, two items are used in the Lord’s Supper—the bread which represents Jesus’ body that was scourged and broken for us, and the cup which represents His shed blood.
When Jesus walked on earth, He was vibrant, full of the God kind of life and divine health as opposed to the sin-stricken frail human life. He was never in bondage to sin and was never sick. In fact, He imparted His life and health to others and healed them. But before Jesus went to the cross, He was badly scourged by the Roman soldiers, and His body was torn as He hung on the cross. God took all our sicknesses and diseases that were because of sin and put them on Jesus’ originally perfect and healthy body, so that you and I can walk in divine health, being free from the power of sin. That is why the Bible says “By his wounds, we WERE healed”- in 1 Peter 2:24.
This is God’s Word and is the truth. He really did take our sicknesses and diseases away because He took “sin”, which is the very source of our sicknesses and diseases upon Himself, thereby alienating Himself from God the Father. “Sin” was what separated us from God and exposed us to all kinds of grief and sorrow. Jesus took “sin” upon Himself to reconcile us back to God. So, when we partake of the Lord’s Supper, let us take it in a worthy manner, reminding ourselves that we are set free from bondage to sin and that our sicknesses and diseases were indeed taken away by Jesus. By His wounds, we were healed. Believe this, as you partake of the Lord’s Supper. Try not to rush with eating the bread and drinking the juice. Take your time to reflect on this because it is a sacred thing that you do. Tell yourself that no bondage to sin or any resulting sickness can remain on you because it was indeed taken away by Jesus your Lord. If the TRUTH is that Jesus took away your sin and sicknesses, then it cannot also be TRUE that He didn’t take it away. Which truth do you want to believe? What the word of God says or what you feel? Choose to believe the TRUTH, my friend. Meditate on this for a moment and then partake of the Lord’s Supper believing in the truth.
When He shed His blood for us and laid down His life for us, He took all our sins upon Himself and paid the ultimate price for us, and imparted total and complete forgiveness to us. Along with this forgiveness He also gave us the freedom from sin and guilt and condemnation. This is the truth. We can now say “There is now no condemnation for me because I am in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1). Believe this, as you partake of the Lord’s Supper. If He took all your sins and has forgiven you of all your sins, then the feeling of guilt and condemnation is a lie from the enemy. Both can’t be true. Choose to believe the truth which is God’s word (because He cannot lie) and reject your feelings, then partake of the Lord’s Supper thanking the Lord for His shed blood.
1 Cor 10:16 – The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
Here communion means sharing or exchanging. The Lord Jesus took our sins and the resulting sicknesses and diseases upon Himself and gave us freedom from sin, reconciliation to God, divine health, and healing in exchange. He took our sins and gave us forgiveness, the gift of righteousness, and eternal life in exchange. Jesus wants us conscious of this fact as we partake of the Lord’s Supper.
And whenever we partake in this consciousness, we “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
Today, when you partake of the Lord’s Supper, you are declaring freedom from the power of sin in your lives and that Jesus’ divine health and life flows through your bodies. When you partake of the Lord’s Supper, you are declaring that you are indeed forgiven, completely free from all guilt and condemnation, and have been made righteous and acceptable to God.
That is the truth, my friends. This is why we can now go boldly into God’s presence without any guilt and KNOW that when we pray, God hears us!
Pray this prayer as you partake of the Lord’s Supper: Thank You, Father, for the gift of Your Son. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your precious blood. Your shed blood has removed every sin from my life. Through Your blood, I am forgiven of all my sins—and made completely righteous. Today, I partake of your righteousness and proclaim I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus because your blood has cleansed me from all my unrighteousness. By the stripes that fell on Your back, by the many wounds that were inflicted upon You, I am free from the power of sin in my life and my body is healed from the crown of my head to the very soles of my feet. I am forgiven, I am healed, I am restored, and I am a new creation in Christ. In Jesus’ name, I believe, and I receive. Amen!
Now, also remember that our Lord recommended that we do this as often as we can and remember Him. So, beloved, do not wait for the church to lead you into the Lord’s Supper once every week on Sunday or once a month. Instead, personalize this and do this as often as you want to in your own home. In fact, the more often you do this, the stronger your faith will be. You will notice a sense of consistent joy in you. Do this as often as you want to until such time the TRUTH of this exchange gets deeply rooted in you. What an awesome Lord and Savior we have.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.