On the evening prior to His death, the Lord Jesus Christ gathered His disciples to celebrate the Passover meal. At the heart of this ancient feast was the remembrance of God’s redemption of His people from Egyptian bondage. On this night Jesus turned to the future and to His imminent redemptive death which was to fulfill not only the Passover but all previous sacrificial rites. No longer would His disciples look back to Old Testament types and shadows. From that night they would remember Him and His perfect, final sacrifice which was given for them.
The heart of the meaning of the Lord’s Supper is summed up in the command of Christ, “This do in remembrance of Me.” It is first and foremost a memorial rite of Christ and His redemptive death.
Based on a common participation, by faith, in Christ’s death and the salvation thus provided, there is also a communion of believers in the unity of His body. These two thoughts of remembrance of Christ and fellowship with the members of His Body are the focal points of the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Consider this: Both fellowship with Christ and Fellowship with other believers in Christ are present or neither one is present. A Christian cannot be in fellowship with the Lord and out of fellowship with his brothers and sisters in Christ. Both are present or both are absent.
So I raise the practical question: “How is your fellowship today?” Think it over.