We observed the Lord’s Supper together this past Sunday morning at Faith Baptist Church. The Lord’s Supper has become a wonderful blessing to me in recent years – much more so than it was when I was younger. Perhaps I’ll talk about that in a future blog post!
But today I wanted to share with you some thoughts that I shared on Sunday morning, all from Matthew 26:29: “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
The Lord’s Supper is a token of our hope. There are two specific realities that are represented in the supper.
A Bodily Resurrection
First, when we drink the cup, we remember Christ’s promise that we will drink it one day with Him in His Father’s kingdom. Think about what that implies. Spirits don’t drink; only beings with bodies can drink. And Christ certainly was raised from the dead bodily! He ate honey and fish in front of His disciples to prove it (Luke 22:42-43). And we, like Christ, will be raised from the dead, with a body like His! (Phil. 3:21). So the Lord’s Supper is a token of our hope of a bodily resurrection. Praise the Lord, we will not forever be spirits separated from our bodies, but we will live forever in a physical universe with our Saviour Jesus Christ!
A Perfect Fellowship
But there is a second hope given in verse 29. Christ said that He would drink with us. When we eat and drink in the new universe, we Christians will not all be sitting around one table eating and fellowshipping with God far away and distant. No, He will be sitting next to us, eating and drinking with us! We will have fellowship with Christ – the same intimate fellowship you have with your friends when you have them over for dinner.
This is certain. Those who have drunk the cup of the New Covenant on earth (the reality behind the symbol of the cup in the Lord’s Supper) will surely drink with Christ in Heaven!
So the next time you celebrate the Lord’s Supper at your church, look ahead with joy to that wonderful day when our sorrows are over, and we have new bodies like that of Christ to glorify Him without sin. And happily anticipate the day when we have perfect fellowship with Him at His Father’s table, with no veil in between as we experience now – then “face to face” (I Cor. 13:12).