“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Cor 11:26)
The Lord’s Supper is an opportunity for those who are believers to proclaim the salvation they have experienced in Jesus to the world. It is a way for a group of people to not only come together to remember what Jesus has done, but it is also a way for a group of people to show their unity in belief.
As a church, we are to believe the same thing in regard to what Jesus’ sacrifice accomplished. The Supper is an opportunity to learn, remember, and proclaim a unified position in regard to Jesus’ death.
Since the Supper is a proclamation of salvation in Jesus it is reserved for professing believers. Because it shows unity, those who partake in it should be unified with one another. Unity should progress past belief to life lived in community with one another. In other words, when we come to the table, we should come unified in understanding as well as action.
We should also be in right relationship with the Lord when we partake of the Supper. Those living in unrepentant sin should allow the Supper to remind them that they have been freed from the bondage of sin by Jesus’ sacrifice. They need not bow to sin and its demands any longer. Instead, they are free to cast off its chains. As well as they should be reminded that when when they came to Christ, they repented of their unbelief and professed trust in Him as their Lord and Savior. They turned from an unrepentant rebellious life to follow and serve the Savior. They should now daily continue to turn from their unbelief to follow the Lord.
The Supper should not only draw us together as a community, it should also draw us to God in worship and practice.