I really like Selwyn’s conclusion to this issue – it’s great.
He writes: “We remind ourselves, on this last day together, of what we described earlier as the five c’s of Communion – community, commemoration, covenant, celebration and commitment.
Most Christians, will agree that whenever that whenever we approach the Lord’s table, we must recognise that it is a corporate act in which we focus our attention on Christ’s redemptive death on Calvary, remind ourselves of its covenant nature, rejoice in the great benefits of the atonement and pledge our loyalty to Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.
There is just one more word I have to say – the Lord’s Supper is a wonderful but only a temporary provision for the Christian Church. We shall not celebrate it in eternity. The Lord’s Supper commands, a confident belief in Jesus’ second coming. … Indeed without that belief it cannot be said to be truly celebrated.”
Just as the manna provided by God for the Israelites in the desert, while on their journey to the promised land, was not needed when they arrived at their destination; so too, we will not require spiritual food for our journey – when Jesus returns and our earthly journey has reached its end.
Perhaps, a good way to end is with these few verses from Matthew’s Gospel, (26:26-29, NIV): “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
On that day, we will have a new and everlasting celebration with Jesus!
I pray that those who have followed with me – Selwyn’s insights into the Lord’s Supper – now see the wonderful beauty and spiritual meaning that Jesus has provided for us to feed upon. It is real food and you will never go hungry if you fully accept God’s provision.
Any final comments on this issue?