For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26 ESV
To be honest, I often see the Lord’s Supper as a highly personal thing. I take that command in this passage to examine myself seriously. The danger is that communion becomes a navel gazing exercise.
We’re also told that we are to recognise the body of Christ. Christ’s body is His church, which throughout the world is often broken to this day by persecution. We mustn’t forget what our brethren are going through in parts of the world.
But Paul gives us another reason to partake in the Lord’s Supper. In doing so, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. It’s a vivid visual aid to a watching world that the core of our faith is our crucified Lord on our behalf.
We eat in faith, that Christ died for us. We eat in hope, that He will return. And we look forward to the day when we will partake with Him of the wedding feast of the Lamb.
“Father in heaven, for the sacrifice of Your Son we give You praise. We thank You for the gift of Your Spirit, and the multisensory reminder of the Lord’s Supper, of what Christ did for us. In His name, amen”