From the archives of Oral Roberts
When we read Paul’s account of the Communion, or the Last Supper of Jesus, in 1 Corinthians 11:23-30, it’s as though he had been an actual participant. It is one of the most intimate recorded scenes of Christ’s life. The apostle tells how the Lord gathered His family of disciples about Him. As He sat in their midst and talked, His listeners were caught up in the majesty of the moment. Every eye was on Him; every ear listened to Him. For them, there was no one else in the whole world. There was only the solemnity of God and men. What a scene!
Jesus knew that if Christianity were to live, it had to live through Him. His person would make Christianity a living thing forever. So He took the elements of the Sacrament…the bread and the cup…in His hands and said, “When you eat and drink these, they are going to help you see Me, hear Me, and feel My presence. And as often as you do this, remember Me.” It’s evident that the Lord wanted us to remember Him as a person.
On that same night Jesus told the disciples that He would not leave them comfortless, but He would send them another Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit. He said, “When the Comforter comes, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance that I’ve taught you” (John 14:26). Jesus was telling them that the Holy Spirit would touch their lives in a new dimension and they would be able to focus upon Him and see Him through the eye of the mind and soul.
When we partake of the elements of the Communion in faith, we come into vital contact with the Holy Spirit, who leads us to the person of the living Christ to meet our every need.