The questions and answers seem so familiar, I can recite them by in my sleep. Why do we meet on the first day of the week? Because that is the day Jesus was raised from the dead. What do we do when when we meet? We remember the Lord in worship. What is the most important part of our worship? The Lord’s Supper. And what happens when we take the Lord’s Supper? Well…that question isn’t so easily answered.
We take the Lord’s Supper every Sunday, but we haven’t always been sure what to make of it. Is it strictly a remembrance of events gone by? Does something happen to us spiritually when we eat the bread and drink the wine? Is there some kind of real connection with God?
Remember that when Jesus established the meal, he was in the midst of celebrating the Passover with his disciples. The Passover meal itself is a meal of remembrance connected with a short history lesson, but it is much more than that. It is a covenant meal between the people of Israel and God, a rededication because blood was shed for them that they might live. So when Jesus called this new feast “a new covenant in my blood,” he was hearkening back to that original idea.
The Lord’s Supper should never be a formality to be gotten through so that we can do “the good part” of worship. It is communion with God. It is an intimate meal.