The Lord's Supper began by Lord Jesus Himself on the eve of His crucifixion.
There are 4 basic views of the Lord's Supper in Christianity.
The bread and wine literally change into the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the Roman Catholic view and tradition which is non-biblical.
The bread and wine actually contain the body and blood of Jesus, but do not literally change the contents or the elements.
This is the Lutheran tradition and it is also not supported by the Bible
3. Reformed Tradition
Christ is spiritually present in the elements.
This is the Presbyterian and Reformed Church view and it is not entirely biblical.
This view teaches that Lord Jesus is present neither physically nor spiritually in the elements.
The Lord's Supper stands as a symbolic reminder of Lord Jesus death and resurrection.
This is the most commonly adopted meaning of the Holy Communion.
This view represents the truth of what the Bible teaches about the Lord's Supper.
When we say memorial we are affirming three aspects of LORD’S SUPPER.
We are remembering Lord Jesus Christ’s death on the cross
We are declaring the risen Lord Jesus Christ
We are rejoicing that Lord Jesus Christ is coming back for us soon
I. TO REMEMBER "in remembrance of Me" (23-25)
Lord Jesus used the bread and the cup to represent forth coming sacrificial death.
On the cross His body and blood would be offered as a sacrifice to human sin.
First we have to see the whole humanity as sinners who are in need of salvation.
The salvation is provided in the atoning sacrifice of the LORD JESUS on the Cross.
There is no other way provided by God for the human soul to be forgiven of sin.
Second we are to see ourselves as forgiven sinners because we accept that full payment for our sins.
We are simply affirming the divine deliverance through Lord Jesus.
Jesus our LORD instructs that in observing this Lord’s Supper we are remembering what He has done for us through His body and blood.
Through this participation we once again acknowledging before God that we are cleansed from our sins.
II. TO DECLARE EVERYONE ABOUT HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS (26)
The supper is more than just a ritual but to remember the new covenant between God and Human made possible through Our LORD JESUS.
We also declare to the unbeliever/non-Christian the only way of salvation through HIS cross.
We tell the world that HIS death unfolds the plan of eternity.
We tell the world that our LORD conquered death and HE is alive.
We tell the world that the LORD JESUS is coming back to take us home to heaven.
3. TO RE-EXAMINE OUR SPIRITUAL WALK BEFORE GOD (27-29)
Lord’s Supper is the time to re-examine our spiritual condition.
That is to look into ourselves what we are in HIS presence.
An opportunity to re-examine our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ right now.
We examine ourselves looking into our personal faith journey.
We examine our hearts for any un-confessed sin that is making us unworthy recipients of the bread and juice that represent His sacrifice on the Cross.
We need to confess and seek God's forgiveness before we partake in the Lord's Supper.
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Let me caution you that Holy Communion does not save a person from Sin.
Lord’s Table does not entitle us to go to Heaven.
We remember and personalize HIS sacrifice for us
We declare to everyone about HIS death as a sacrifice for sins
We re-examine our spiritual condition before our Lord Jesus Christ.
We proclaim to the world HIS return to take us to heaven