by Jeff A. Jenkins
Growing up in a preacher’s home meant many things, one of which was that we were always the last ones to leave the church building after worship.
There was a time in my earlier years that we were allowed to help clean up the building after the service. We would help pick up papers, put hymn books back in the proper place, and pick up communion cups.
There were always cups and bread in the trays that had not been used, and when no grown-ups were watching, we would eat some of the crackers and drink from some of the cups. As a child, I loved to eat the Lord’s Supper.
Nearly half a century later, I still love to partake of the Lord’s Supper on the first day of every week. However, the reasons are different. Allow me to share just a few reasons why we should love to partake of the Lord’s Supper.
We should love to partake of the Lord’s Supper because it is a constant reminder of the agony our Lord endured for us. “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself.” (Hebrews 12:3) Luke reminds us of the agony that our Lord went through that dreadful, wonderful night (Luke 22:44).
We should love to partake of the Lord’s Supper because we know we are following the Lord’s example and obeying his commands (Matthew 26:26-29; Acts 20:7). Jesus said that he would be with us each time we partake of his supper.
We should love to partake of the Lord’s Supper because it allows us to examine our lives (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). Every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper we should consider how we are doing in our spiritual growth and our walk with the Lord.
We should love to partake of the Lord’s Supper because it reminds us that we are a part of a family and fellowship that stretches around the world (Acts 2:46).
Every Sunday we are blessed to be able to commune with Christians in our home congregations, as well as Christians throughout the world. We should thank God for the blessings associated with partaking of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday.
by Jeff A. Jenkins