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The “Lord’s Supper” Is WAY More Important Than You Thought

December 8, 2023

By Tim Barber

The Profound Journey of the Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper, known by various names such as the Eucharist or Holy Communion, holds immense significance in the Christian faith. However, our modern perception of this sacred meal often fails to capture its true essence. Let’s explore the profound journey that the Lord’s Supper takes us on, connecting the past, present, and future in a way that transforms our understanding of this ancient tradition.

The Ancient Origins

To truly grasp the meaning of the Lord’s Supper, we must delve into its roots, which can be traced back to the Passover feast described in Exodus Chapter 12. The Passover was a commemoration of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It served as a foreshadowing of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. The symbols and rituals of the Passover meal pointed to a greater deliverance to come.

The Last Supper: A transformative moment

The night of the Last Supper marked a pivotal moment in the history of the Lord’s Supper. Jesus and his disciples gathered for what they thought would be a traditional Passover meal. However, Jesus reinterpreted this ancient feast, infusing it with new meaning. Matthew 26:26-28 recounts how Jesus took the bread, gave thanks, and declared, “This is my body,” and then took the cup and said, “This is my blood of the covenant.” In these actions, Jesus redefined the Passover meal in terms of his own impending sacrifice. He became the Lamb whose blood would be shed for the salvation of many.

The Present: Unity and Fellowship

In the present, the Lord’s Supper serves as a powerful symbol of unity and fellowship among believers. In 1 Corinthians 10:17, Paul writes, “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” This communion meal transcends cultural backgrounds, denominational differences, and organizational structures. It is an expression of our shared faith in Christ and a tangible representation of the Church as the body of Christ. Gathering together around the table, we remember and proclaim Jesus’ death, cultivating mutual love and building one another up in our faith.

An Anticipation of the Future

Looking beyond the past and the present, the Lord’s Supper carries us into the future. In Revelation 19:9, we catch a glimpse of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, a joyful celebration that awaits us in the new heavens and the new earth. This future banquet is the culmination of God’s promises, where the faithful will feast with Christ in His eternal kingdom. The Lord’s Supper is not just a remembrance; it is also an anticipation of the ultimate fulfillment of God’s Kingdom.

A Call to Active Hope

Understanding the depth and significance of the Lord’s Supper should motivate us to live out our faith with purpose and urgency in the present. As we eagerly await Christ’s return, we are called to spread the good news of God’s Kingdom and to embody its values in our lives. The Lord’s Supper is a powerful moment to pause amidst our hectic lives and remember the sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood. It reminds us of the future hope we have in Him and the eternal unity and fellowship that awaits us.

Embracing the True Essence

In order to fully embrace the true essence of the Lord’s Supper, we must shed the layers of tradition that have accumulated over time. It is not merely a religious ritual confined to a certain setting or accompanied by specific elements. The Lord’s Supper is a communal meal, shared among believers as a reflection of their shared life in Christ. It is a moment of gratitude, love, and care for one another. It is an opportunity to experience unity, to proclaim Christ’s death, and to anticipate His return.


The Lord’s Supper is far more than a treasured tradition; it is a profound journey that connects us to the past, unites us in the present, and fills us with hope for the future. When we partake in this sacred meal, we are not simply remembering past events; we are participating in the unfolding story of God’s redemptive plan. May we approach the Lord’s Supper with a renewed understanding and appreciation, embracing its transformative power in our lives and in the life of the Church.

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