by Kyle Pope
As the children of Israel were coming out of their bondage in the land of Egypt, the Lord instituted a memorial that the Israelites were to keep as a reminder of the great deliverance God granted them from the final plague that struck the Egyptians. While the Lord struck dead the first born of everyone in Egypt, those who observed the Lord's instructions among the Jews were spared this horror. From that time forward the Jews were to keep the Passover meal each year in memory of when death had "passed over" their people (see Exodus 12). It is not coincidence that on the night that Jesus observed the Passover with His disciples, He instituted a similar memorial of His death for the children of God under the New Covenant.
The Institution of the Lord's Supper
The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record the Lord's institution of this memorial (Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20). In addition to this the apostle Paul in First Corinthians, in response to the Corinthian?s abuse of the memorial, recounts the Lord's institution of the Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:23-25). Let us observe what was involved in this institution.
Observance of the Lord's Supper
The Bible offers us at least three examples of the observance of the Lord?s Supper among churches in the New Testament: 1) The church in Jerusalem; 2) The church in Troas, and 3) The church in Corinth.
Names of the Lord's Supper
In the same passage where Paul speaks of the memorial as the communion of the body and blood of Christ, three other terms are used to refer to the elements of the Lord?s Supper.
False Teaching on the Lord's Supper
-- Via Faithful Sayings, Volume 21, Issue 48 (December 1, 2019)