The Importance Of The Lord's Table


"As oft as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come." I Corinthians 11:26


This evening, we will enjoy the greatest privilege known to the people of God upon the earth. We will observe the Lord's Supper. It causes me great concern that so many of God's children absent themselves from this ordinance. Therefore, I thought it might be beneficial for us all to be reminded of the importance of the Lord's table.

            The Purpose For Observing The Lord's Supper Is That We Might Show The Lord's Death. Our Savior instituted the ordinance of Communion Just before his death. It is a symbolic representation of the sufferings and death of our Redeemer in our place. By breaking the bread and drinking the wine, we are reminded of our need of a Substitute, by reason of sin. We are reminded of God's great love to us in sacrificing his Son in our stead. And we testify of our faith in that One, whose body was wounded, bruised, and broken, and whose blood was shed for our eternal salvation.

The Lord's Supper Is A Means Of Sanctification, Which Every True Believer Should Observe. Regrettably, many of God's children have been taught to fear coming to the Lord's table. If you are a true believer, having confessed faith in Christ, you not only can, you should commemorate the Savior's death. You do not show your reverence for the Lord's Supper by refusing to take it! Our worthiness to take the Supper is not in ourselves, but in Christ. We come, not with perfection, but with faith. By eating and drinking, we show our confidence in the Savior's finished work to make us accepted in the sight of God. There is no time when a believer is more fully made aware of his sin and his utter dependence upon the redeeming work of Christ than at the Lord's table. No unbeliever, who fails to discern the value of the Lord's incarnation and death, should come to the Lord's table; but every true believer should.

The Lord's Supper Is To Be Observed Often. We need to be frequently reminded of our Savior's loving sacrifice for such wretched sinners as we are. Let us eat the bread and drink the wine in anticipation of our Lord's return.

Don Fortner