The Lord’s Supper is a time of building unity among Believers. Recently at my church we had small groups come to the table together to be served. We have been doing this practice for years on occasion. These groups are usually family members and friends who sit together in the worship service. Prayers are offered, the elements are taken and everyone feels closer. Unity is built.
Jesus meant for the Lord’s Supper to build up the Body of Christ by reminding us of His death and resurrection as well as the promise that one day He will return. The term “communion” is often used when the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist is served. The word communion is “community and union” joined together to describe the experience that we have with the Risen Christ and with one another.
This week many Bible study groups are focusing on 1 Corinthians 11 where Paul gives instructions on the proper way of observing the Lord’s Supper and challenges the early Corinthians to examine their misguided approach to this ordinance and to give proper attention to this holy practice.
Some things to think about when participating in the Lord’s Supper.
- Is my heart right? 1 Corinthians 11:28 says that we are to examine ourselves before participating in this service.
- Is my motivation right? The Corinthian church was being selfish as people were over indulging in this love feast.
- Is my message clear? The purpose of communion is to build up the Body of Christ and to “proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26
Some years ago I attended a weekend retreat known as the Walk to Emmaus. For three days our group of men from various denominations focused on the Scriptures and worshiped together. We observed the Supper in some creative and moving ways which bonded our souls to one another and to the Lord. I came away with a renewed sense of the importance and value of participating in the Lord’s Supper that has shaped me.
That experience and the fullness of Christ helps me to not take the Lord’s Supper for granted. In addition it enabled me to appreciate the relationship I have with Jesus Christ, with fellow Believers and mankind because of the love of Jesus.
I love being at the Lord’s table and look forward to the day when I will sit at the Table of the Lord with Him in Glory!