The Importance of Christ’s Sacrifice 4 – Holy Communion

Part 4 of 5

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ—that is to say, the death of Jesus—is the essential foundation of Christian faith, life, and proclamation. This series explores various aspects that highlight the importance of Christ’s sacrifice for believers.

A Meal of Remembrance

The connection between Holy Communion and the sacrificial death of Jesus is also mentioned in the Catechism: “Holy Communion is a meal of remembrance because it first of all commemorates the death of Jesus Christ as a unique event which is valid for all times. The remembrance of this event is important because it emphasizes that Jesus Christ is true Man who had to suffer real death” (Catechism 8.2.8).

Proclaiming the Lord’s Death

That Holy Communion is also a remembrance of the death of Jesus and His continuing message is stated in first Corinthians: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11: 26). Remembrance and proclamation of the sacrifice of Jesus occur wherever the Lord’s Supper is celebrated and wherever its character as a meal of remembrance is preserved.

Holy Baptism with Water Read part 3 of this series Forgiveness of Sins Read part 5 of this series
Text source: Divine Service Guide 2017 (India), pages 280-283