The bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper are symbols of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for the sins of all believers. The bread is broken to symbolize Christ’s sufferings on the cross. The wine is poured into a cup to symbolize that Christ poured out His life-blood – “He poured out His soul unto death” (Isaiah 53:12).
Our eating and drinking the symbols of Christ’s sacrifice is a symbolic reminder and assurance for us believers that Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive all our sins and to live in us to nourish our souls so we become more like Him (John 15:1-5).
Our eating and drinking of the symbols of Christ’s sacrifice symbolizes our asking and receiving forgiveness and spiritual nourishment for the sake of Christ’s sacrifice.
If we are not asking for forgiveness and spiritual nourishment, then we do not receive any spiritual benefit from partaking of the symbols of forgiveness and spiritual nourishment in Christ. On the contrary, we will receive spiritual poison instead of spiritual medicine. We will eat and drink judgment (1 Corinthians 11:29).
But if we do ask for forgiveness and spiritual nourishment, then we can be assured that as certainly as we taste the symbols of His sacrifice, and swallow them and they nourish our body, that is how close Jesus is by His Spirit to nourish and refresh our soul. We put the symbols in us, to symbolize that Christ lives in us to nourish our soul unto everlasting life!
As we eat and drink the symbols in faith we say: “thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying to live in Me; help me to follow You out of thankfulness.” The bread and wine are symbols through which we are brought into communion with Christ Himself (1 Corinthians 10:16-17). We have communion with Christ in a spiritual yet real way; and are spiritually nourished and strengthened.
The Lord Jesus loves it when His whole family is gathered together around Him in fellowship and thanksgiving. He wants to feed His spiritual family so we might grow together in our love for Him and one another.