The Lord’s Supper – a Celebration of God’s Salvation

Do you know that the Lord’s Supper is a celebration of God’s salvation through Christ?

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The Lord’s Supper–a Celebration of God’s Salvation

Do you know that we, as Christians, have a special way of celebrating our spiritual freedom? We do this with the ritual of the Lord’s Supper, which Jesus instituted in the evening when they betrayed and arrested Him.

On that evening, Jesus and His disciples were having the traditional Passover meal, which commemorated the freedom of the Israelites from Egyptian oppression and their Exodus after 400 years of slavery. On the Passover night, they needed to slay a Passover lamb whose blood was their protection from God’s judgment over the Egyptians. The Passover lamb was a “(korban) Pesach”–a Hebrew word meaning “protective sacrifice/lamb“.

In commemoration of this wondrous deliverance, God commanded the Jewish people to celebrate each year the Passover feast. (Exodus 12:14)

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The Lord’s Supper – The New Meaning of Passover

On this special festive evening, Jesus gave a new meaning to Passover and instituted the Lord’s Supper–a new way to remember the final “Pesach”

God the Father planned to provide to cover the people from His righteous judgment and to usher them in a new era of spiritual freedom.

Jesus, who would soon be the final Passover Lamb, transformed the elements of the Passover dinner, infusing them with a new meaning and making them elements of the new covenant of God with His people.  

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While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28)

The Symbolism of the Unleavened Bread

The unleavened bread became a symbol of His body to be broken soon on the cross.

The Lord’s Supper is not the first time in the New Testament that Jesus compares Himself (His body) to bread. He calls Himself “The Bread of Life” in John chapter 6. As we need bread to sustain our physical life, so we need Jesus for our spiritual life.

We need to “eat” His words and be filled with His Spirit. Eating is something very intimate: we put the food into us, into our mouth, we chew it, and then it becomes part of our digestive system, bringing nutrients, health, and energy to the whole body. In the same way, when we fill ourselves with Jesus and His words, they become part of us, and they nourish and sustain us, giving us eternal life.

As the true bread, Jesus is the only One that can satisfy fully our spiritual hunger and thirst.

Finally, the symbolism of the bread leads us directly to the cross and His atoning sacrifice.  As the bread is been broken, so His body has been broken as a perfect sacrifice to cover our sins once and forever.

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The Symbolism of the Cup of Wine

The cup full of wine pointed to His precious blood as the blood of the new covenant of grace shed for the sins of humanity. It is not a coincidence that this was the third cup of wine in the Passover ritual that the Jews drank after the meal, called “the cup of redemption.”

With the invitation to partake in eating the bread and drinking the wine, Jesus initiated the time of God’s redemption and salvation.

Jesus gave us a glimpse of another prophetic symbolism of the wine, pointing to the fourth cup of wine in the Passover feast: “the cup of blessing and praise.” A time will come when Jesus will again come to rule on earth, and then the wine will symbolize the joy and the blessings of His Father’s kingdom. (Matthew 26:29)

3 Different Dimensions of the Lord’s Supper

Today we call the Lord’s Supper also by the names of Eucharist and Communion. Each name brings out a different dimension to it.

It is the Lord’s Supper because it commemorates the Passover meal Jesus ate with His disciples.

But it is also the Eucharist (thanksgiving) because in it we thank God for Christ’s work for us.

It is Communion as well because, through it, we commune with God and with other believers.

As we eat the bread and drink the wine, we should be quietly reflective as we recall Jesus’ death and His promise to come again, grateful for God’s wonderful gift to us, and joyful as we meet with Christ and the body of believers.

More Encouragement for You

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Draw Near: How Painful Experiences Become the Birthplace of Blessings by Hadassah Treu

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

Letters to the Church by Francis Chan

Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life by Denise Dubois Pass and Michelle Nietert

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12 Replies to “The Lord’s Supper – a Celebration of God’s Salvation”

  1. Thank you for this helpful information on The Lord’s Supper – a Celebration of God’s Salvation. Our church spends several weeks leading up to Holy Week studying The Lord’s Supper. This was a great reminder of these lessons.

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I love it when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper at church. This is such a special time! Praying for new blessings upon you and your loved ones in 2024!

  2. I do love this blog! I love what it is about and Jesus is truly the only one that can satisfy. May we know in this world that there are struggles but he is always here for us.

    1. Thanks, Kayla! I am glad the article encouraged you. It is so good to know that Jesus is always with us and has a wonderful future for us. Blessings!

  3. Amen! This was a fresh reminder for me of the importance of the Lord’s Supper! Soaking in the joy of my salvation today, friend! Thank you!

  4. Thank you for this informative and thought-provoking post about the Lord’s supper. We had communion at church just this past Sunday. Although I use the communion as a time for reflection and remembrance, I was not aware of the significance of the different cups of wine during the Passover meal nor the meaning of Eucharist. Thank you for the in-depth, meaningful explanations.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I am happy you could learn something new! There is such rich symbolism in the elements of the Lord’s Supper. Blessings!

  5. So good Hadassah, I love when we take communion at church, it is powerful. When we fill ourselves with Jesus and His words, it does become a part of us and nourishes and sustains us as we receive His incredible gift of eternal life in Him. Jesus truly is the only One Who can fully satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst. Blessings to you, sweet sister …

    1. Thanks so much, friend! I am happy the post spoke to you. Yes, Jesus is the only One Who can fully satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst. In Him, we will never thirst again… Blessings to you!

  6. “As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of Me…I often take it at home. Yet there’s something about corporate worship times and remembering God is in covenant with us, and He is our covenant-keeping Father! We actually started off the year with the Lord’s Supper in Church yesterday. It was our first Sunday service this year.

    1. Thanks, Nancy! It is wonderful that you take it home and also during corporate worship. In our church, we have the Lord’s Supper every first Sunday of the month. I love these special services…

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