“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me. . . . This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me” (1 Corinthians 11:25 NKJV). Jesus’ words constituted a command for His followers to take of the Lord’s Supper as a commemorative act of His work. By coming together in such a meal, believers recognized that Christ was the perfect sacrifice who sufficiently and completely atoned for our sins on the cross. That is right. No matter what a political commentator says about Jesus’ imperfections, the apostolic message declared Him the One who “committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). He was the sinless, spotless Lamb of God! Thus, He was able to pay for our sins once and for all (Hebrews 10:12). What a tremendous work of salvation! And we should remember it! In the Lord’s Supper, God provides the symbolism of bread and juice to help us focus our thoughts on that supreme expression of love.
Now, congregations differ on how often Jesus intended for us to observe this celebration. For the Southern Baptist churches that I have served, we generally planned to take the Lord’s Supper once every two or three months. Here at Temple, we typically celebrate it once per quarter. Every time we do it, it is special as we “commune” with the Father and proclaim His goodness collectively with His people.
This Sunday, we will pause to partake in the Lord’s Supper. I know that the current context presents challenges as to the practice, but I’m not convinced that God has given us liberty to discontinue the ordinance until the pandemic subsides months from now. Instead, we are making every effort to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in a powerful, safe manner. No typical plates will be passed during the service, nor will the elements be distributed separately from one another. We are using pre-packaged juice with the bread sealed on top in all services. In the Blended Worship Service, they will be placed in the pews for you before the service. In the gathering, you will be able to pick them up as you enter. At the end of each worship service,
the congregation will be directed to partake of the elements together. Again, if you do not feel comfortable joining us on campus, I encourage you to secure the Lord’s Supper elements this week and join us in remembering Christ’s salvific work through our livestream worship there at your home.
Communion. The word has a newfound significance, doesn’t it? I’ve always believed that God was so intentional in choosing a meal to communicate intimacy with Him and with each other. I mean, what signifies relationship like sitting down at a table and eating dinner together? Over the last few weeks, we have had to refrain from having extended family meals and from enjoying such fellowship with our friends. We have socially distanced and self-isolated. But God created us for community . . . and for communion! Let’s use this upcoming Sunday to draw together on campus and online through the celebration of the Lord’s Supper!