For October 31, 2021
During His last Passover Seder, on the night before He went to the Cross, Jesus self-authenticates a New Covenant with His followers forever,
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NIV).
In this intimate gathering, Jesus institutes a solemn memorial of His passion and death that features His body and blood, the Lord’s Supper, “In remembrance of me” implies we publicly and regularly observe the Lord’s death to remind ourselves of His redeeming work. Jesus promises to share this memorial with us in Heaven upon his return,
But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom (Matthew 26:29 NKJV).
Thus, we are not to perform this act callously or frivolously. Nor do we observe this church ordinance in seclusion. Instead, we solemnly partake of two elements publically: the bread to symbolize our Lord’s body offered on Calvary’s cross as our complete sacrifice, and the wine to symbolize the blood He shed to remediate our sin, at a designate time in a local church.
Jesus’ redemptive sacrifice was necessary. Adam and Eve’s original disobedience in the Garden of Eden subjected us to God’s judgment. We are sinners by hereditary transmission and can never earn God’s favor on our merit.
Only God is just, right, and holy while we are not. His justice demands payment for sin, and His righteousness requires our total obedience to His standards (the Law). His holiness necessitates our utter perfection—in every aspect of our being.
The payment for sin is death. Jesus speaks of death, encompassing our banishment to a fiery Hell where worms never die and where tormenting fires burn forever (Mark 9:48).
Initially, God instructed Moses to use a sacrificial offering to remediate our sin,
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul (Leviticus 17:11 NKJV).
Although God gave instructions to use a “clean” animal’s blood to cover sin, it was not a permanent fix since we had to repeat the process.
Instead, it foreshadowed the restitution Christ would provide to completely wash away our sins, make us righteous, and restore our lost fellowship with God,
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect (1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV)
Through the Lord’s Supper, we demonstrate our faith in Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, who paid the full price for our sin. We also show that in Him, we find our dependence on Him for our spiritual life and vitality.
Further, we show our hope of eternal life through His resurrection from the dead. The Lord commands us to eat and drink of the Lord’s Supper until He eats and drinks it with us anew in the Kingdom of God.
What a Wonderful Savior!