The taste of the Bread and the taste of the Cup
February 27, 2009
16The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16).
The cup of the Lord’s Supper is a delicious drink. It is called in Scripture, "the cup of blessing." Whether it is wine or grape juice, this drink is physically pleasing to sip. This fact is not accidental. This delightful drink, this cup of blessing, stands for a delightful message: He suffered death for me that I might have life. He took my judgment on Himself. I do not have to pay for my sins; instead, I get to inherit a blessing. When a judge declares you not guilty, you are delighted and relieved. This is an easy message to swallow and the drink that symbolises this message is similarly easy to swallow.
On the other hand, the unleavened bread of the Lord’s Supper, although being good for you spiritually, is simply not delicious. This flat bread does not have sugar on it. It has no custard filing inside of it. We do not eat it with cream cheese and a topping. Unlike the cup, it has a dry, unexciting taste to it. This is deliberate.
In the Old Testament this bread was called the bread of affliction because the Hebrews made the dough without leaven because they were leaving
Just as the Hebrews came out of
Let us look at the two elements of the Lord’s Supper this way. Imagine going into a corporate board room and telling these people that their problems, legal and otherwise, are over and that furthermore, their company was going to experience unprecedented growth, prosperity and success. Would they not be relieved and thrilled with your message? This is essentially the message of the cup.
Now imagine going to the same management team and telling them that a lot of changes need to be made in their company. Imagine telling them that they are making a series of mistakes that need to be rectified immediately. Not only will you leave them with a list of mistaken company policies (sanctification), but you will also present them with a list of new policies to implement (righteousness).
Obviously, this latter message relating to criticisms and suggestions would be much harder for them to swallow. This latter message is essentially the message of the bread of the Lord’s Supper.
We often hear the phrase, "God bless
Nevertheless, the bread of the Lord’s Supper is good for Americans as well as all other Nations. It is good for all churches. It is good for you; not delicious, but it stands for a truth that will make you good.
In order to clear up some possible confusion, we need to understand that repentance is implied by both the cup and the bread. One needs to repent and believe to receive both forgiveness for sin and deliverance from sin The Exodus story has two pictures of repentance. For the Hebrews to be shielded from the angel of death they were instructed to stay inside their houses. This is a picture of the repentance necessary to receive forgiveness of sins. For the Hebrews to experience deliverance out of
Thus, as delightful as the cup of blessing is to the palate, it still is necessary to repent in order to receive the blessings it symbolses.