The Faith We Keep

EATING THE lORD'S SUPPER

"He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life:
but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life..."--John 3:36 ASV

DURING his final hours before the crucifixion, Jesus did a surprising thing.  He blessed some unleavened bread, broke it up, and passed it around, declaring that it was His body.  He thereupon blessed a cup of grape juice and passed that around also, stating explicitly, "This cup is ... My blood."

Both times He solemnly commanded them:  "This do in remembrance of Me."  By this touching ceremony the Lord bound His disciples into spiritual unity with Himself; and then reached out and included all those who should in the future believe in Him, for the Holy Ghost added through Paul that this eating together should become an ordinance to be observed "till He come."

Since He said, "This do," we obey Him and do it, once a month or oftener.  No idle excuses are accepted for failing to do so.  Since He added, "This is My body," "This is My blood," we say the same, without building up a lot of "therefores" as to the implications.  Since He said, "Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you," we depend on this regular supply of life to keep us victorious.

Since Paul said that no one had a right to partake of this sacred meal who is not practicing a life of obedience to God we likewise warn one another against eating "unworthily," for to do so can bring "damnation."  Yet no ordinance is more comforting, more intimate, more heartening to us all than this meeting around the Lord's table by which we keep faith with Him until He comes.