Analogies Of the Lord’s Supper
During the Lord’s Supper, we remember several truths of what Jesus Christ did 2000 years ago. The crucifixion, indwelling of the believer, and the goodness of God are all presented in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.
The crucifixion is the primary focus of the supper. “For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin”. Our physical life is in our blood. God made us in His image, and the ultimate sacrifice we can make in this life is to “lay down our life for a friend”. Emmanuel means God with us. In Him becoming like us, His ultimate sacrifice is like ours. The major difference is: If we lay down our lives, it is done to protect the physical life of someone; while He lays down His life to obtain our spiritual life. In both cases, God and mankind have expressed a tangible love. Only God could purchase eternal life for us, simply because we have to go to the source of all things. Created beings only act and react, whereas God creates and maintains.
Jesus is called “The bread of life, and the living water”. We are reminded that the Holy Spirit indwells us when we partake of the bread and juice in the communion service. We take the food into our bodies and it becomes part of us, but we oxidize and change it. In a similar way, Christ says that He will come into our lives when we repent of our sin of rebellion and ask Him to be our Savior. But when He comes in, we do not change Him, He changes us, nor do we get rid of Him as we get rid of our food; for He has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you”. It is a blessing and a comfort to know that we are not alone inside of our skin. There is a person from without who now lives within.
The Lord’s Supper is a time to remind us that every good gift is from God and comes through the person of Jesus the Christ.