The Lord’s Supper is unique among all religions. It is not some sort of ceremony by which we please or appease God. It is not a ritual that makes the Christian religion. It is not a lot of things. But the Lord’s Supper (Communion, the Lord’s Table, the Eucharist, etc) involves many things. Unity, such as the article notes, is to be a part of the Lord’s Supper. That was the problem the Corinthian church had in 1 Corinthians 11. Disunity through disregard and pride (1 Cor. 11:27-28). It isn’t, “I wasn’t the best Christian this week, I have sinned this week” that called for evaluating oneself to share in the Lord’s Supper, it was, “Am I caring for, concerned about, loving on my Christian brothers and sisters?”
The Lord’s Supper, in another sense, is evangelism, 1 Cor. 11:15; “As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” When you share in the Lord’s Supper, you are showing everyone that notices, “I believe in the saving death of Jesus Christ.” That is one of the many reasons I love that we share in the Lord’s Supper every Sunday.
But there is one thing that the Lord’s Supper is above all else, and that is what Jesus said it was. A memorial.
It is the only memorial the church should ever have. I disagree with memorials in the church to this person or that one, it is unscriptural. The only memorial is the Lord’s Supper. Jesus is the one who died for our sins, not Charlie Christian or Sally Saint or Robbie Righteous. Jesus is the one who sacrificed his life with the effect that you can have your sins forgiven and be given eternal life, nobody else did nor could they.
The broken unleavened bread and the cup from the vine, are representative of Jesus’s body being broken and his blood spilt to pay for your sins. If that doesn’t bring the most unlikely group of people together in unity there is nothing that does.
I mean, there are lot of people I fellowship with and love and care for that I would probably never want to have anything to do with, if we weren’t forgiven and brought together to worship and follow Jesus. We should remember Jesus in this. He brings forgiveness to all who put their faith in him; he puts us together in unity of heart, mind, and soul if we will submit ourselves to him; he will bring hope and joy to us all as we worship him; and the Lord’s Supper is the symbol of his death, his offering for us, his trust in God so we would trust in Him, and our hope as a body of believers, loving, sharing, and serving our Lord Jesus Christ together.