The Passover meal celebrates Israel’s deliverance out of Egyptian bondage, and the Lord’s Supper looks forward to the final redemption we will experience when we are gathered together in Christ’s presence. The Lord’s Supper is and observance that remembers the great price Jesus paid that we might be free from sin and death.
The price that Jesus paid was the shedding of blood, for he has washed us from our sins in his own blood. The blood has always played a powerful symbolic role in the atoning work of God for his people. It was Moses who said “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul”, Lev. 17:11. The Old Testament sacrifices under the old covenant had no power to cleanse the conscience from sin. The blood of bulls and goats could not make one perfect. This is why the old covenant had many sacrifices. Every year the people would return to the altar with the same sin.
The Lord’s Supper represents the New Testament. It is a time to remember that the body of Jesus was given that we might be free from the power of sin. The Lord’s Supper represents spiritual union with Christ in his life and death. This is why we call the Lord’s Supper communion. When we take the bread and drink of the cup we sharing in the sufferings of our Lord. “As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come” 1 cor.11:26.
Communion service is a time to remember that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastiment of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. A time to remember he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men. Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain – He washed it white as snow. O the love that drew salvation’s plan! O the grace that broth it down to man! O the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.
A time to remember, that one day we shall brake bread and drink from the cup in the everlasting kingdom of God. O day of gladness, eternal joy in his glorious presence. “We shall behold him face to face in all of his glory”. We know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”.
“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”. “Behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be”. “Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”