Why do different traditions teach different things about The Lord’s Supper: *Is it a “symbol” or a “sacrament”? *Who is worthy to take it? *What happens in the Lord’s Supper? || Important Definitions: A “symbol” is something that points to (or represents) something else. “Sacrament” is Latin for mystery.
Dig Deeper: Hebrews chapters 8, 9 and 10
What IS the Lord’s Supper?
Matthew 26:26-28 || When Jesus said, “This IS” His Body and Blood, He made a promise! It is followed by His command to keep doing this to remember Him and to, as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11:26, “proclaim His death until He comes”. The one who believes these words, has what they promise.
Dig Deeper: Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-23, John 6:25-71, 1 Corinthians chapters 10 & 11
Symbol vs. Reality
Colossians 2:17 || Jesus is the REALITY of all the symbols of the Old Covenant! When He says, “This IS my body/blood,” this is like when He says, “I AM the Bread of Life”, “I AM the Resurrection”, etc. He is not symbolic bread or resurrection, He IS the Reality of those promises!
Dig Deeper: John 6:35, 8:12, 10:7, 14, 11:25, 14:6, 15:1
Participation in the Wedding Supper
1 Corinthians 10:16-17, Revelation 19:7-9 || When we partake of the cup and the loaf, we are participating in the Body of Christ, becoming the Bride of Christ, and thus experiencing the Love of God as His Beloved, His very bride!