14 時候到了，耶穌坐席，使徒也和他同坐。 15 耶穌對他們說：「我很願意在受害以先和你們吃這逾越節的筵席。 16 我告訴你們，我不再吃這筵席，直到成就在 神的國裏。」 17 耶穌接過杯來，祝謝了，說：「你們拿這個，大家分著喝。 18 我告訴你們，從今以後，我不再喝這葡萄汁，直等 神的國來到。」 19 又拿起餅來，祝謝了，就擘開，遞給他們，說：「這是我的身體，為你們捨的，你們也應當如此行，為的是記念我。」 20 飯後也照樣拿起杯來，說：「這杯是用我血所立的新約，是為你們流出來的。 21 看哪，那賣我之人的手與我一同在桌子上。 22 人子固然要照所預定的去世，但賣人子的人有禍了！」 23 他們就彼此對問，是哪一個要做這事。
14When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” 17After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19And he 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.” 20In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him.” 23They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
- The actions of the Lord’s Supper – taking, giving thanks, breaking, and giving – are actions that those who eat the meal receive from the Lord as gifts of grace. Communion is a memorial, a remembrance. It’s an experience as we return, through the bread and cup that represent the body and blood of Jesus, to the foot of the cross. In the communion service we are united with Christ through faith to share His death and His resurrection and to experience the awesome moment when our salvation was accomplished.
- What does sharing in Communion mean to me? What do I think about during communion?
- Prayer: Oh, Lord, forgive me for I have often neglected your word and didn’t obey your commands. When I participate in the communion, I was unmoved by your death. Thank you, Jesus, for your wonderful love. You paid a terrific price for my freedom.
The Lord’s Supper is a central moment in Christian worship. Ask the family to tell what taking the Lord’s Supper means personally. Explain the meaning of “bread” and “cup”. Sing hymns about Jesus death and resurrection. Plan a time when the family can celebrate the supper together. Testify to one another about the meaning of this worship service.