23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
When we participate in Holy Communion, we are not going through an empty church ritual or meaningless tradition. In partaking the bread and the cup, we are to remember and value what we are receiving from the Lord.
The Apostle Paul was passing on to the Corinthians a revelatory command from the Lord regarding Holy Communion. That is, the bread they ate and the cup they drank represents the reality and fullness of their united life in Christ.
Jesus communicated the significance of the bread and the cup, saying “This bread is My Body and this cup is My Blood.” In receiving the bread and the cup, we are participating in what Christ has accomplished for us through His full and finished work. When we eat the bread, we remember we are healed of our sicknesses by the stripes of Christ’s broken body. When we drink of the cup, we remember we have been forgiven of all our sins and there is now no more condemnation.
None of us deserve to be healed or be forgiven except by the grace of God. Jesus met all the conditions on our behalf through His obedience on the cross. In making us worthy of such an inheritance, we can legitimately exercise our new covenant rights and authority for our good health and right standing with God.
The next time when you hold the bread and the cup, be fully conscious to identify yourself with Christ’s death so as to live by the power of His resurrection till He comes.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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