I believe the Lord’s Supper is a very neglected and underemphasized aspect of Christian worship today. One aspect that is often overlooked is the forward-looking aspect of the Lord’s Supper:
And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes…You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
— Luke 15-18, 28-30
These quotes have contributed towards a stirring up in my heart of this central practice in Christianity. Let us not overlook such wonderful truth!
…the Lord’s supper is going back and renewing the original covenant. Jesus Christ dies, that’s the bridge between me and God. What’s the purpose of the Lord’s Supper? The Lord’s Supper is to get the intimacy back by renewing the covenant, re-living the idea of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection for me.
— Tim Keller
The highest form of corporate Christian worship is the Lord’s Supper. The celebration of the Supper directs our attention backward to the work of Christ on the cross and also encourages a forward look to the second coming of Christ. In addition, it provides a time for believers to examie their own personal relationship with God as well as ttheir relationship with other believers while experiencing communion with the exalted Chrsit. The observance is one that is so ismple a child can partake with a sense of understanding, yet it contains so many theological ramifications that even the most mature believer will not fully comprehend it’s meaning.
— David S. Dockery in a foreword to The Lord’s Supper
My witness is, and I think I speak the mind of many of God’s people now present, that coming as some of us do, weekly, to the Lord’s table, we do not find the breaking of bread to have lost its significance—it is always fresh to us. I have often remarked on Lord’s-day evening, whatever the subject may have been, whether Sinai has thundered over our heads, or the plaintive notes of Calvary have pierced our hearts, it always seems equally appropriate to come to the breaking of bread. Shame on the Christian church that she should put it off to once a month, and mar the first day of the week by depriving it of its glory in the meeting together for fellowship and breaking of bread, and showing forth of the death of Christ till he come. They who once know the sweetness of each Lord’s-day celebrating his Supper, will not be content, I am sure, to put it off to less frequent seasons.
— C. H. Spurgeon, “Songs of Deliverance“
Do this in remembrance of me.
— Jesus (Luke 22:19b)