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The Last Supper

Seder Meal for the PassoverAll Christians at some time or other struggle with the meaning of the words in Luke 22.19 used in the sacrament of Holy Communion, "And Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you, do this in remembrance of me." The word "body" here is a difficult phrase and its difficulty is compounded by a further statement from Jesus in John 6.51, "this bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." What does Jesus mean here?✞

Transformed or Remembered

The Last SupperIs the essential heavenly bread literally transformed into Jesus' flesh as the Roman Catholic Church believes by transubstantiation? Or are Jesus' words at the Last Supper purely a serious reminder of the crucifixion as Anglicans and Protestants believe when they say, "do this in remembrance of me"? Is there a sacramental interpretation of The Lord's Supper as we suppose?✞

Paul's Account

Bread and WinePaul tells his own account of the Last Supper in 1 Corinthians 11.23-24 describing the beginnings of the Lord's Supper. He writes, "for I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you. "The Lord Jesus, on the night 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." Here Saint Paul describes what we now call by various names the Lord's Supper, the Eucharist, the Mass or Holy Communion. He clearly equates the essential heavenly bread with the body of Christ. How the denominations understand it is up to them.

"Essential Heavenly Bread"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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