469: What’s the Point of the Lord’s Supper?
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“I Don’t Understand What the Lord’s Supper Means”
In the history of the church, there seems to always be confusion about the Lord’s Supper. What does it mean? Why do we participate? What happens when I do? Let’s be honest, many find the Lord’s Supper somewhat confusing. I often hear people say, “I don’t understand what the Lord’s Supper means.” And, in our narcissistic church culture, where it’s all about us, this is usually followed by “So what’s the point of the Lord’s Supper anyway?” We know it’s something important, really important, but we’re not sure why. And we know it’s something we’re supposed to do because Jesus commanded us to, but again, we’re not sure why. Which presents even more questions.
What does it mean?
Is it really all that important?
Why should I participate?
Are there any reasons why I should not participate?
What happens when I do participate?
And why all the controversy and confusion?
Sometimes the Lord’s Supper is called communion. But communion with who? And how is that communion experienced by taking a sip of juice and eating an unleavened doughball?
In other words, there must be more to this than what many believers have experienced. And, if so, how can I understand what it all means?
“What’s the Big Deal About the Lord’s Supper Anyway?”
In addition to trying to understand what Jesus meant when He said, “This is My body” (Matt. 26:26), we also have confusion about His often misunderstood statement in John 6:51-56. Here, Jesus talks about those who “eat His flesh” and “drink His blood”, as strange as that sounds. And it was this statement alone that gave first-century critics of Christianity cause to call them cannibals. But that’s not what Jesus was talking about. Consider this:
John 6:51-56 – “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”
So what does all this mean? And why is it important? Can we get some answers to all the confusing questions? Absolutely. Simply keep listening and join us as we discover the wonder of the Lord’s Supper and the incredible benefits that come from experiencing true communion with Him as we participate together.