Institution of the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

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This passage highlights the establishment of the Lord's Supper, also known as the Eucharist, as a fundamental Christian practice. It emphasizes the importance of remembering and proclaiming Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross.

Jesus instructs his followers to partake in the bread and the cup as a way of remembering his sacrifice for humanity. This act of remembrance is central to the Christian faith and serves as a way for believers to connect with the sacrificial love of Jesus.

The passage stresses the significance of Jesus' death as the establishment of a new covenant between God and humanity, which is sealed by his blood. This new covenant is characterized by forgiveness, grace, and the opportunity for a renewed relationship with God.

By participating in the Lord's Supper, Christians are proclaiming the significance of Jesus' death and its meaning for their lives. This public declaration is an essential aspect of the Christian faith.

1 Corinthians 11:26 speaks of proclaiming the Lord's death "until he comes," which points to the future hope of Jesus' return. The Lord's Supper, then, serves not only as a reminder of Jesus' sacrifice but also as an anticipation of his eventual return and the final redemption of creation.


Word Meaning
ὁ, ἡ, τό the
καί and
οὗτος, αὕτη, τοῦτο this
κύριος, ου, ὁ Lord
ὅς, ἥ, ὅ who, which
ἐμός, ή, όν my, mine
ποτήριον, ου, τό cup
ἐγώ I
γάρ for
παραδίδωμι deliver, hand over
ὑμεῖς, ὑμῶν you
ἐν in (with D)
ἄρτος, ου, ὁ bread
εἰμί I am; be
ποιέω make, do