And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.
After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come.
-I Corinthians 11:24-26
To properly celebrate the Lord's Supper, we must focus upon "Jesus Christ and Him crucified." Why?
To properly celebrate the Lord's Supper, we must not only properly examine ourselves regarding our church and divine rights, but we must also direct our observation to that end for which Christ instituted it; namely, to His remembrance.
Jesus Christ, in His glorious Person and work, is to be the focus of our Lord's Supper observance. Paul's goal, "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (I Corinthians 2:2), is to be our goal when participating in His Supper.
In the celebration of the Lord's Supper, we are called to remember Christ in the following ways:
1. In a loving remembrance of Jesus' work -Special, important events in the history of a nation or church are remembered on special days. Think of our Independence Day (July 4 -U.S.A,) or Canada Day (July 1 -Canada), or Reformation Day (October 31.) But our national and church history holidays shrink in value when compared to the great work and accomplishment of Jesus Christ when He bore all the sins of His children, and as their great Substitute, died for them upon the Cross of Calvary. This visual remembrance of Christ, as His servant breaks the bread and pours the wine at the table, is one of eternal and infinite importance. It commemorates the ground of a true believer's deliverance from eternal death and receiving of eternal life!
2. In a loving remembrance of Christ as Chief Host -In the breaking of bread and pouring of wine, and in the giving of it to the participant, the believer's eye is to see more than the hand of the servant. It is to focus by faith upon the hand of the Master.
3. In a loving remembrance of Christ's Person. -If the memory of an earthly father, mother, wife, or husband, can strike such tender loving chords of remembrance in our hearts, how much more are we called to remember Jesus, the perfect, infinite, loving Father, Husband, and Elder Brother!
Mike owned a printing ofThe Pilgrim's Progress which contained several beautiful character drawings. His friend