Read this opening words of the Gettys’ song “Behold the Lamb”:
Much of the meaning behind why we take the Lord’s supper is beautifully expressed in these words.
Theologian John Witvliet says that the Lord's Supper is "a physical, ritual action, mandated by Jesus, through which God acts to nourish, sustain, comfort, challenge, teach, and assure us. A richly symbolic act, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper nourishes our faith and stirs our imaginations to perceive the work of God and the contours of the gospel more clearly" (Worship Sourcebook, 305).
The significance of the Lord's Supper is enormous, and a short blog post can only scratch the surface on the topic. A helpful starting point is one of the key texts from the Bible from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians:
This text highlights three reasons why we celebrate the Lord's Supper regularly in our services: commemoration, proclamation, and participation.
We commemorate, we "remember all that God has done for us, especially in Christ. The Lord’s Supper is a thankful remembrance of the entire life and ministry of Christ ... especially how those events give us an identity, how they transform us and all creation."
We also proclaim "the forgiveness offered to us through Christ’s work on the cross, and of the ongoing spiritual nourishment he provides us."
The Lord's Supper is also a way of participating in Christ. We participate in his death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father, and we participate as his body in fellowship with other believers. It is a beautiful way of displaying the unity of the church.
For more on this topic, you can listen to Pastor Shaun's exposition of 1 Cor. 11:23-32 below and find the sermon notes here.