In his letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul took issue with them because of the selfish behavior of some, even during their observance of the Lord’s Supper. The observance of the Lord’s Supper, he told them, carries a profound significance, and should be carried out with reverence.Jesus Himself set the stage during His last supper with His disciples. He took unleavened bread, broke it, and handed it around to them, saying, “This is My Body, which is given for you. Do this to remember Me.” And later, He passed them the cup of wine, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people– an agreement confirmed with My blood. Do this to remember Me, as often as you drink it.” 1 Corinthians 11:24,25 NLT.
As we partake of communion, we are remembering the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ on our behalf. We are remembering the Real Person– full of grace and truth and a love we cannot even imagine–Who willingly gave up His life so that we would have a chance to live. We are acknowledging again our desperate need of a Savior, the fact that His death on the cross was our rightful punishment and we are alive today only because He took our place. And we remember His death on our behalf as the basis of our hope of eternal life with Him when He returns.