The Lord’s Supper: Its Blessings for the Believer

Posted by on Sep 21, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Christ sustains us throughout our life, through being in relationship with Him and his church. By faith we feed upon Him and are ministered to by Him. During the Lord’s Supper, we renew, rekindle, re-ignite our passion and commitment to Christ. Tangible form, spiritual reality. “Whoever feeds on me, he will also live in me.” Feeding on Christ. He is present in the hearts of those who believe.

Text: John 6:52-59

What does our Lord give his disciples as they partake of the Lord’s Supper? Or, stated more plainly–what are the blessings received by the Believer from the Lord’s Supper? In answer, this text from the Gospel of John enumerates three blessings:

  • Experiencing the Abundant Life, vs. 53, 57.
  • Anticipating Eternal Life, vs. 54-55, 58.
  • Enjoying Union with Christ, vs. 56.

This teaching from Jesus gave his disciples a great deal of trouble when he first uttered it, especially when he said that his disciples must “eat his flesh” and “drink his blood”. Jesus though, was not promoting cannibalism–instead, he was speaking of the union between his disciples and himself.

Some of his men responded by calling this a “hard saying” (vs. 60), and then abruptly left him (vs. 66). Jesus did not seem overly troubled by the departure of these people. Instead, he pointedly asked the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” (vs. 67)

But, they did not go away and Peter gave the memorable reply–“Lord, to who shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (vs. 68-69)

In time, these disciples would experience the very blessings that Jesus had promised would come once they ate his flesh and drank his blood.