So far, in this article series, we have seen that the Lord’s Supper is unique in its consistency as opposed to the other acts of worship. And we have acknowledged that it is the most simply executed act of worship as well. But I began this series because many, in the realm of Christianity, view the Lord’s Supper as a higher form of worship than the other acts. So, for this 3rd addition on the topic, I thought it would be appropriate to elaborate how the precious feast of Christ does not diminish the other forms of praise to God. In fact, I would argue just the opposite; that it compliments and exalts the rest of our offerings to the Most High.
How does the Lord’s Supper impact our prayers? The duo of thoughts that flourish in our minds during the Communion, the body and blood of Christ, have everything to do with our prayers to God! The immediate scripture that presents itself on this subject would be Heb. 4:15. The Hebrews’ writer describes Jesus as a relatable high priest that “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” The fullness of this catastrophic temptation was epitomized as Christ hung from the cross for six hours! But I also marvel at the climactic achievement that the breaking of his body accomplished: the shedding of his blood. Thus, granting sanctification and redemption to them that believe on him (1Peter 1:18-19). What does this have to do with prayer? Heb. 4:16 says that because his body was broken, his blood was shed, that we can come “boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Prayer is only possible because of the body and blood of Christ.
What about singing? I will not shy away from admitting I have occasionally struggled with singing the way God would have me to. It is a temptation to only sing with words in my mouth, but not grace in my heart (Col. 3:16). But what greater motivation could infuse my spirit with zeal than thinking about the Savior who died for me? How could my voice not grow louder when I consume the bread and declare, “I will sing the wondrous story of the Christ who died for me?” How could I not be more bold in my vocal cords when I swallow the drink and then say, “Nothing can for sin atone; nothing but the blood of Jesus?” The Lord’s Supper can give us larger hearts and louder voices.
Even the act of giving is no exception to our discussion. Personal finances are among the most intimate facets of a person or family’s life. And it’s not something we are open to share with just anyone. But, in the church, we are to have a zealous and generous attitude when it comes to money. Not simply in giving on the first day of the week; but in general, taking care of other brethren’s needs (Acts 2:43-47). This can be a challenge for any Christian, even if we are not motivated by greed or the love of money. But what can have such a monumental impact as to soften the hearts and wallets of good brethren? Perhaps contemplation of what Jesus has offered for us! When I envision Christ giving his body and blood for me, any amount I write on a check and put in a collection plate becomes, seemingly, insignificant. At the same time, it challenges me to give more and to do more.
Lastly, we examine preaching. When I am not filling the pulpit, I am unaware of what Joey will preach until the content is presented in worship. However, the Lord’s Supper will compliment any Gospel sermon that is delivered. If the Communion is taken before the lesson, it softens our hearts and make us ready to receive the word. If taken after the sermon, the implanted seed is watered by thoughts of Jesus’ body and blood; that the word might increase in us (1Cor. 3:6). This act of worship does not diminish everything that comes before and after it. The Lord’s Supper is a compliment to everything else we do on the Lord’s Day.