The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is a simple meal of thanksgiving in which we eat bread and drink from the cup to remember the body of Christ broken for us and the blood of Christ shed for us:
By one supreme, sufficient, and unrepeatable sacrifice, God gave himself in the person of his Son to suffer instead of us the death, punishment, and curse due to fallen humanity as the penalty for sin.
The finality of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross means that it does not need to be (and cannot be) re-offered to God, or made present again, as in the Mass. It cannot be renewed or continued. It is finished. All our sins, past, present, and future, have been fully atoned for by the cross of Christ. No further work is needed!
As we eat the bread and drink from the cup, we marvel afresh at what God has achieved for us in his death – namely reconciliation with God and each other! This is not merely an act of remembrance but is rather a communion with the risen Christ, who renews our faith, strengthens our hope, and deepens our love.
This special communion anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father’s kingdom.