What is the Lord’s Supper?

Many questions surround the Lord’s Supper. In Scripture, our Lord Jesus eats with His disciples and says, “Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. do this in remembrance of me.” And, “Take, drink of it all of you. this cup is the New Testament in my blood, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink of it, in remembrance of me.” throughout history, and particularly in the 1500s, great controversy arose about how we are to understand these words. Anabaptists, a group of people who believe that God does not work through mundane and earthly means to give salvation, believed that God could not work through mundane, unholy and earthly things, but works invisibly through “spirit".” They, therefore, did not believe that God could be present in bread and wine. furthermore, they believe that the Lord’s Supper is merely a commemorative meal in which we think about what happened 2000 years ago on Calvary, at Jesus’ crucifixion.. These beliefs prevail today in most congregations that grew out of that branch of the Reformation (Pentecostal, Baptist, Missionary, Presbyterian, Reformed Churches, etc.)

In plain words, however, all the Apostles, and Paul in his letter ot the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 11) raise no question as to the fact that Jesus promises to be present in, with and under bread and wine, for the recipient of the Lord’s Supper. They do not specify that in some way the bread ceased to exist, nor the wine, but that bread and wine, and body and blood, were/are present.

There is no hocus pocus here. The answer is always in God’s Word. If we believe that Jesus is the Word of God that brought into existence all that exists (John 1), and that through Him nothing was made that is made, then we should have no problem believing that this same Word of God, desires to be present for us in, with and under the forms of bread and wine. “Take, eat; take, drink” means exactly that, that in the act of eating and drinking those elements that Christ has chosen, and hear his words “my body, my blood, for you …” we are to believe God’s Word and our faith cling to what He offers us through those elements.

But what about “remembrance?” To do something in remembrance is not to step back in time, rather, the Hebrew word and meaning for remembrance (ZAKAR :: זקר) does not refer to the commemorative action, but the ceremonial and ritual action of making something from the past actually present.

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