Theological Meanings of the Lord's Supper

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  1. Daniel Dunivan

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    What are the themes that you like to see brought out in the Lord's Supper? Is it more than simply Jesus body and blood being remembered?

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  2. Kiffin

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    It is a Communion with the body and blood of Jesus as well as Communion with one another who share faith in Jesus.
     
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    It is done with a "Look Backward"

    "As oft as ye do eat this bread an drink this cup ye do shew the Lord's death!"--It is done with a thought on my mind--"Man! Jesus died for me! He really did!! Nobody else could have died for my sins! Only Jesus would have died for me!! Nobody else would've!!"

    It is done with a "Look Forward"

    "As oft as ye do eat this bread and drink this cup ye do show the Lord's death, til He come"

    It is done with a thought on my mind--"Man! The God who died for me---He's comin' back for me!! No other God would do that for me!! All other gods would've left without a promise to come again!! Only God would do that for me!!"

    OOOHHHH! What a great God we have, you and me!!

    YOur friend,
    Blackbird
     
  4. qwerty

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    You can do your own research on this. It's not too hard to find on the internet.

    Communion is all about Jesus, the Bridegroom.
    When Jesus spoke the words "I go to prepare a place for you" in John 14, his hearers understood that this was traditional bridegroom language for a Jewish bridegroom.

    The bread symbolizes the bride price, that is, the price that Jesus paid for the Bride. He gave His own life for the Bride. Jesus says that when we eat the bread, we are to REMEMBER HIM.

    The cup symbolizes the covenant between the Bridegroom and the Bride. The Jewish bridegroom would take the cup and drink it first. Then he would set it back down on the table. The Jewish bride would then, by picking up the cup and drinking it, show that she would be the wife of the bridegroom. If she did not drink the cup, she was saying no to the bridegroom. That is why Jesus calls it the New Covenant. And it is also done to REMEMBER HIM.
     
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    Tying the Lord's Supper in with Passover is nice. I was in a service where that was done once. [​IMG]
     
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    I was having a talk last night with a friend who's Church of Christ. He said they HAVE to take communion on Sunday, and he would be looked down on for taking it any other day. What a shame.

    I had a flashback to a time in college when I and another believer met a few times to remember the Lord's Supper together in a stairwell. Just remembering His sacrifice is an undescribable feeling that humbles me, but brings me joy.

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    I think that about sums it up. The early church me together "daily" (whenever they met) for "breaking of bread" - which is NOT talking about a pot luck, but about the Lord's Supper.

    They did it to show (declare, aver, proclaim - kata angelo) the Lord's death. It is a "sermon" without words.

    And we still do it.

    Until He returns!
     
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    One of my vivid memories from seminary was writing all of the different meaning of this memorial meal on a blackboard. We filled the wall.

    One of the reasons it is important to me personally to always include it in our worship services is that it is a physical act of worship, and one that involves all of the senses. In addition, it is an instinctively communual act to share a meal together.

    Joshua
     
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    My Christian tradition commemorates this event a bit differently than others. We observe the Lord's Supper (taking the bread and wine) only once a year -- on Nisan 14 -- what ever day it falls. Nisan 14 is traditionally thought of as the day Jesus was killed; it was the day the lambs were slaughtered for Passover.

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