Observing The Lord’s Supper is something that has always been important to me but, in the last few years, I’ve come to appreciate it even more. I observe it in my home. Sometimes alone. Sometimes with my family. It’s become a huge part of my personal walk with God. I believe it is more than a ritual. I believe it fortifies us in body and spirit… which is why we were asked to continue the tradition.
In the Book of Exodus, chapter 12, verses 1 through 28, we are told the origins of The Lord’s Supper. According to some of His disciples, the event coincided with Passover, a time that celebrated the Jews exodus from slavery in Egypt. When God’s pestilence “passed over” those whose homes were marked with the blood of sacrificial lambs. I do not doubt that time frame as God is big on symbolism and this time Jesus spent with his closest followers preceded the sacrifice He would make of Himself so that we might have the ability to exit the slavery of sin and move into the freedom that is ours in Christ.
The Word explains how the lambs sacrificed during Passover paralleled Jesus in this manner:
1. The Lamb had to be without blemish (our Lord’s public life proved His unblemished Holiness);
2. The Lamb had to be killed;
3. The blood had to be applied;
4. The blood constituted a perfect protection from judgment;
5. The body of The Lamb had to be feasted on.
Afterwards, God’s chosen were saved from death. To observe the feast was a duty and privilege that literally saved those that partook of it. The Word says the believer is served by the blood of the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world, and is strengthened by “feasting on the living Christ.”
Observance of the Lord’s Supper is a beautiful thing. Consider its potential importance if our Lord performed it on the last night He was among mankind before He was crucified.
The Word says: “When the hour came, Jesus and His Apostles reclined at the table. And He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.’ After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same way, after the supper, He took the cup saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'” Luke 22:14-20
The Lord’s Supper was instituted in those moments. Yet another example for us to follow. For a purpose.
Some Christians celebrate His Supper weekly, some monthly, and some quarterly. I prefer to celebrate it daily. For me, there is nothing like starting the day with the Lord being put first. I realize it is the Lord’s Supper, but having a meal with Him anytime is wonderful! This is a beautiful way to begin the day, and certainly you can celebrate this with Him as often as you would like. Or as often as He moves you to do so. The key is to always keep Him and what He did for us in mind when we do. In simplest terms, we are strengthened to endure all that life hands us when we acknowledge the sacrifice He made of His body for us. The victory Love brought to us all in doing so. This is putting Him first in our lives.
I love you dearly, Beloveds of God. May you be blessed greatly every time you enjoy this time of thanksgiving with our Lord of Love.