At my church we do communion once a month. I love this! It’s pretty great! I love the regular reminder of Christ’s work on the cross!
However, because of this church practice I’ve heard the last supper verses a lot. You know the ones.
I believe our go to verses for communion are 1 Corinthians 11:23-25.
‘For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”‘
Something that has consistently struck me about these verses is the whole “as often as you drink it” clause of verse 25. I’m not really sure of the content of their meal, but I do know that bread and wine are things that they ate and drank at every meal. So yeah, Jesus could have grabbed the lobster and been like “Whenever you have lobster remember what I’m about to do.” but no, instead he chose the most common foods on the table.
I think this was deliberate.
While I definitely agree with the sacrament of communion, I think we are kind of missing the context of the last supper a little bit.
I think(and I may be wrong, this is just what I’m thinking) that Jesus is telling us that every time we eat or drink that we should remember that even as we are desperately in need of food and drink, in the same way we are desperately in need of his body and blood. For you healthy-eating individuals out there that means at least three times a day you’re acknowledging Christ’s death and resurrection. That’s a few more times that once a month. But yet isn’t that kind of what Christ is calling us to when he says “As often as you drink it”?
Just a thought. Maybe I’m reading into it, but honestly, you can’t acknowledge Christ’s work on the cross too often. So I mean food for thought while you’re partaking of food for your body.