Communion Lesson: The Lord's Supper
Christ instituted the Lord's Supper in order for us to remember the great sacrifice He made for us and that we rely on Him and His sacrifice for our salvation. He gave us this memorial so we would not forget Him and what He did for us. In Luke 22:19, when Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper, He said, "Do this in remembrance of Me." This is done to help us remember the Lord and what He did for us.
We must first examine ourselves to determine whether we have the right attitude to partake of this memorial. We must put all else from our minds. We should make sure we have our minds centered on what Christ did for us. We are told in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, "Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty disrespecting what Jesus did for us.
But let a man examine himself and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. Confess to God and get back into right standing with God.
Bread: I remember Jesus' body that was broken in Isaiah 53:5-6, "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, and by His stripes we are healed I always thank the Lord for my healing when I eat the bread.
In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 we read of Jesus instituting the Lord's Supper, "The Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, Take eat; this is My body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of Me.
Let's eat the bread together:
Drink: The cup can symbolize our Christian walk here on earth. Just as Jesus had victories, trials and tribulations during his ministry, the cup reminds us that Jesus is walking with us during our trials, tribulations, and victories. Scripture says:
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes."
Let's dring the cup together:
This is how we remember the great suffering which our Lord did for us. We proclaim our faith in this great and wonderful deed to the world each time we partake of the Lord's Supper.