For thousands of years, Christians have argued about The Lord’s Supper (that is, Communion, The Eucharist, whatever your congregation calls it). What did Jesus mean by “this is my body”? How important is it in the Christian life? How often should we practice it? Who can serve it? Who can receive it? Questions abound, many of which are legitimately difficult to disentangle.
Here’s one of the things we do know:
The Lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this is remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
-1 Corinthians 11:23-25
One of the things we know is that when we drink the cup, we are taking part in “the new covenant in Jesus’ blood.” We’re saying “I’m in” to something unfathomable but specific. We’re saying, “Yes, I want to be, I’m glad to be, I’m grateful to be part of this“:
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,”
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.
-Hebrews 8:10-12, quoting Jeremiah 31:33-34
There’s a lot going on in The Lord’s Supper, probably more than we fully understand. Nonetheless, next time you take it, don’t miss the opportunity to recognize that in taking it you’re saying “I’m in,” and that through Jesus Christ, God is saying, “Yes, yes you are.”