‘Until He comes’

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?

The Passover table

Not much one can add, to this study – Selwyn describes some of the elements to be found on the Passover table.

I’ll just cover the material, presented by Selwyn, in a series of dot points: These are some of the items that would be traditionally found on the table.

  • A supply of bitter herbs – a reminder of the suffering that their forefathers went through in Egypt.
  • A bowl of salt water to remind them of the tears that were shed.
  • A grated apple mixed with nuts and made into a paste (charoseth) which would resemble the colour of clay and thus remind them of the endless amount of bricks that were made in Egypt.
  • Unleavened bread – the absence of yeast symbolising the haste of that unforgettable night and also the need to break with the leaven of evil.
  • Eggs – to symbolising new life.
  • Candles – to remind them of the worship that went on in the tabernacle.
  • Wine – to symbolise the shedding of blood; and
  • A roasted lamb.

All this had a supreme and important purpose – the event must be kept alive in the memory of Israel.”

And, in the same way – the Lord’s Supper must be kept alive, as a living memory In Christ’s Church, which demonstrates our relationship with God.

We all can remember people who have died and who have impressed or inspired us. A lot of people will be able to tell you where they were when Princess Diana died, or if you are my age (66 years old), you may remember when President J.F. Kennedy was assassinated. Others may remember Mahatma Gandhi or Re. Martin Luther King Jr., and in the latter case, his famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’, may come to mind.

Yet, most of us never had a relationship with these people – we remember them for a variety of reasons but it’s not because of an existing relationship. And, this is the difference – in Luke 22:19, we hear Jesus say: “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” It’s, in remembrance of what Jesus has done, and is doing,  for His people – it’s keeping alive in a vibrant, fruitful way – the eternal relationship we have with God. It’s far more than remembering an event in history.

I believe that we need to have a good spiritual understanding of the Lord’s Supper, because the strength of our spiritual life is reflected in this understanding – do you agree?