The Lord's Supper
Now the first day of the feast of unleaved bread
the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him,
'Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the passover?' Matthew 26:17
The Lord's supper was a celebration of the Feast of the Passover, but was significant because it was night before Jesus would be crucified (see also John 13:1).
What Is the Passover?
...tenth day of the first month of the first year.
...a year old lamb without blemish - sheep or goat...
...kill it on the 14th day...take its blood...
This day shall be a memorial, keep it throughout all generations.
In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
The Passover was a Jewish feast that was commanded to be held yearly as a memorial of the Lord's deliverance of Israel in the land of Egypt, when the Lord killed all the firstborn children of the land. All those that were to be saved must kill a year old lamb without blemish and put the blood of the lamb at three spots on the outer door of the house.
And the blood shall be to you for a token
upon the houses where ye are:
and when I see the blood, I will pass over you,
and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you,
when I smite the land of Egypt.
The passover was a picture of what Jesus would do for us. When Jesus died, His blood covers us from from sin, and makes us Holy in the Father's sight. So that God's judgment will not fall on us. Jesus is the Lamb of God.
The Lord's Supper
As they were eating, Jesus took bread,
blessed it, and broke it,
symbolizing His body.
And He took the cup, and gave thanks,Also see Mark 14:17-25
and gave it to them, saying,
'Drink ye all of it:
For this is My blood of the new testament,
which is shed for many for the remission of sins.'
And He took bread, and gave thanks,
and brake it, and gave unto them, saying,
'This is my body which is given for you:
this do in remembrance of Me.'
Also see I Corinthians 11:24-26.
How do we remember?
Wherefore I will not be negligent
to put you always in remembrance of these things,
though ye know them,
and be established in the present truth?
2 Peter 1:12
Peter wrote this letter to "to stir you up by reminding you" (2 Peter 1:13). Therefore, the Word of God can be used to remind us, and specifically we should use the Word of God to remember what Jesus did in His body on the tree.
This second epistle beloved,
I now write unto you; in both which I
stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
That ye may be mindful of the words
which were spoken before by the holy prophets,
and of the commandment of us the apostles
of the Lord and Saviour.
2 Peter 3:1-2
And he said unto them,
These are the words which I spake unto you,
while I was yet with you,
that all things must be fulfilled,
which were written in the law of Moses,
and in the prophets,
and in the psalms, concerning me....
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets,
He expounded to them in all the scriptures
the things concerning Himself.
Therefore look not only in the New Testament to remember what Jesus did for us, but we can look at verses in the Old Testament as well.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing
one another in pslams and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
We sing during the time of the Lord's supper to point to the word. When we point to the word, we remember what Christ did and we are doing this in remembrance of Him.
Taking the Lord's supper worthily
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
We need to examine ourselves, to see if we have any unconfessed sins. In this time of judging ourselves, we can ask the Lord to bring to our mind those sins that we need to confess. And when we confess those sins, we have the promise:
If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Can anyone share something during the Lord's supper to remember Christ?
Ye also, as lively stones,
are built up a spiritual,
an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:5
All Christians are priests, able to offer up spiritual sacrifices.
We are a royal priesthood.
The focus of this time of sharing should be on Christ, the word, and the elements.
Sing a hymn after the Lord's supper
And when they had sung an hymn,
they went out into the mount of Olives.