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Last Supper

Seder Meal for the PassoverAll Christians at some time or other struggle with the meaning of the words in Luke 22.19, "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 words "this is my body" were used in the sacrament of Holy Communion. The word "body" here is a difficult phrase and its difficulty is compounded by a further statement concerning it from Jesus in John 6.51, "this bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." Many have struggled with what Jesus meant 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? Protestants believe "do this in remembrance of me" to be an important reminder of the Passion of Jesus? Is there a sacramental interpretation of The Lord's Supper or is there a real transformation taking place?✞

Paul's Account

Bread and WineSaint Paul told his own account of the Last Supper in 1 Corinthians 11.23-24 describing the beginnings of the Lord's Supper. He wrote, "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 described what different denominations now call by various names the Lord's Supper, the Eucharist, the Mass or Holy Communion. Jesus clearly equated the essential heavenly bread with the body of Christ. How denominations understand it is widely varied but deeply important to each one of them and even by different persons in each congregation.

"Essential Heavenly Bread"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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