1 Cor. 11:25-26"After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come."
The Lord’s Supper is a wonderful, reminder-filled, ceremony—God’s sanctioned, forever reminder ceremony—of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus!
We are first reminded of the unworthiness of the men who attended that first Lord’s Supper. All of them were filled with pride. There were issues dividing them. Two would betray Jesus. All of them would abandon Him at the time of the crucifixion. They were not worthy then; we are not worthy now!
We are also reminded that the Lord’s Supper provides opportunities to make things right with one another and with God, as we confess and makes things right to the degree we are able.
We are also reminded that the Lord’s Supper is ennobling. Though the preparatory service is humbling, it is not humiliating, for it makes our hearts tender towards one another.
We are also reminded of Christ’s loving service towards us. Christ could have been offended by the disciples’ unwillingness to serve by washing each other's feet, a duty that was customarily reserved for servants. Christ chose to serve, however, forever reminding that He is willing to do anything to communicate His love to those He loves.
We are also reminded that we can celebrate because He gave His life—His flesh and blood—that we might be forgiven of our sins, if we ask His forgiveness and receive Him as our personal Savior. We add nothing!
We are also reminded that in dying for us as the Passover Lamb, Christ’s death forever cancelled the need of celebrating the feasts that pointed forward to His sacrifice. As stated: “As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice. The national festival of the Jews was to pass away forever. The service which Christ established was to be observed by His followers in all lands and through all ages.” Desire of Ages, 652.2
We are also reminded that He is returning some day, for He told His disciples that He would only drink of the fruit of the vine when He drinks it with us in heaven.
There is truly much to ponder, remember and celebrate in this forever reminder of Christ’s death and resurrection!—Dan Augsburger