Four times a year we observe The Lord's Table. Though the frequency may vary, Protestant churches universally observe this ordinance. Why? What makes this so important? The value our Lord placed on this event is the key to its importance. On the night of His betrayal, with the full knowledge of His imminent death casting a dark shadow over all that took place, He announced to his disciples, "With a very great desire, I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” (Luke 22:15)
The very thought that the Lord, under such conditions, wanted to meet with His own and institute this ordinance, forever places supreme importance on the Lord's Table.
Not only is it of tremendous importance, but it has significance in the past, present, and future.
Its past significance is found in the word "remembrance" in 1 Corinthians 11:24. In the Lord's Supper we look back to His death. Jesus became our substitute by experiencing both physical and spiritual death in our place.
The present significance is found in the word "examine" in 1 Corinthians 11:28. We examine our lives for the purpose of acknowledging and confessing our sins. To be clean is of paramount importance as we come to this table. Often we refer to this even as "communion." And, if sin is present, there can be no communion with the Savior.
The future significance is bound up in the words "until He comes" in 1 Corinthians 11:26. Whether because of sin or a lack of faith, Jesus' return often seems far away. Observing the Lord's Table is to be a reminder to us and a proclamation to others that Jesus is coming again.
This wonderfully blessed observance is to be an encouragement to our faith and an impulse to a higher level of holiness. May our Lord make it so!