During His ministry on earth, our Lord Jesus instituted two sacraments, sacraments which we at Sierra Bible Church practice and celebrate to this day. These sacraments are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We celebrate the sacrament of baptism upon the spiritual rebirth of an individual. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month.
In his first epistle to the Corinthian church, the Apostle Paul gave instruction to the church regarding the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. In that discourse he wrote, “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when 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 also He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (I Corinthians 11:23-26).
In these verses we find a wonderful trans-temporalization that ads to the beauty, the wonder and the mystery of the Lord’s Supper. When we partake of the bread which symbolizes the body of our Lord and drink the cup, which symbolizes the blood that He shed on our behalf, we are caught up, according to the Apostle, into something that has great significance, something that draws us into the past, the present, and the future.
Paul wrote, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup (in the present) you proclaim the Lord’s death (in the past) until He comes again (in the future).
When looking to the past, we are instructed to remember and to show forth Christ’s suffering and death by this observance. When we focus on the present moment of celebration, it is here that Christ meets with His people to nurture them and strengthen them in their sanctification. When we look to the future, we are looking to the certain hope of our reunion with Christ in heaven, where we will participate in the banquet feast of the Lamb of God as His Holy Bride.