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The Lord’s Supper: A Table of Anticipation (1 Cor. 11:26)

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” (1 Cor. 11:26)

The Lord’s Table, you could say, not only commemorates it also anticipates. Fundamentally, given that the bread and the fruit of the vine recall Jesus’ body being given for us and His blood being poured out for us so as to ratify the New Covenant, it looks back; but in light of the language of our text, there is also a sense in which the Lord’s Table looks forward, anticipating Jesus’ return.

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The Lord’s Supper: The Cup of the New Covenant (1 Cor. 11:25)

25 In the same way He tookthe cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Having infused the unleavened bread with fresh meaning, Jesus proceeded, after supper, to do likewise with the 3rdcup of the Passover meal. This cup, sometimes described as the ‘cup of redemption,’ or more particularly, the “cup of blessing,” would now truly epitomize blessing and redemption. Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood…”

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The Lord’s Supper: Do This (1 Cor. 11:24b)

John Whitecross, in his work The Shorter Catechism Illustrated, tells the story of a converted Greenlander who, “rather than be absent from the missionary settlement when the Lord’s Supper was to be administered, rowed the whole night in his kayak with the animal in tow…” When asked about his exertion he said, “How could I stay where I was? My soul hungers and thirsts after the Lord and His communion.” That kind of fervency for the Lord’s Table might appear strange to many, especially in a day when many undervalue the precious responsibility of being committed to a local church. But one of the reasons why regular participation in a local church is essential is because the Lord expects His people to participate in the Lord’s Supper. We ought not miss the imperative that Paul recalled: Jesus said, “do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:24b). That wasn’t a suggestion; it was a command. 

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The Lord’s Supper: This is My Body (1 Cor. 11:23b, 24a)

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (1 Cor. 11:23,24)

As Paul continued to remind the Corinthians about the origin of the Lord’s Supper, he moved from the backdrop of treachery (1 Cor. 11:23a) to the historical inception of this ongoing ordinance. He said that Jesus took bread. This, in itself, was a part of the Passover tradition that occurred after the second cup of wine was poured and passed. 

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The Lord’s Supper: A Table Established Despite Betrayal (1 Cor. 11:23; Lk. 22:21)

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (1 Cor. 11:23,24)

Now these words were not found in the midst of a manual on church order. No, instead they were found essentially in the middle of a weighty rebuke to the Corinthian church for their blatant disregard for the Lord’s Supper. Instead of demonstrating Christ-centered unity, their love feasts – the meal which comprised the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper – manifested division (1 Cor. 11:18b), selfishness (vs.21a), insensitivity (cf. vs.21b), and drunkenness (vs.21c). They had essentially and practically forgotten the purpose for which Jesus instituted this ordinance. So here, in the midst of a rebuke, Paul reminded them.

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