I remember as a child, my little sister and her friends used to play “house” outside. They would invite me and my brother, but we thought it was to “girly” for boys to do that. Dad had built them a playhouse and they spent many days out there. Like most kids who would play house, they always had to make something to eat. I used to watch them get some dirt and mix a little water with it to make mud pies. They would get green blades of grass from the yard and pretend it was collards or turnips. Stems from some of my mama’s flowers were the green beans while the petals added some color. Nice round rocks were just perfect for the meat and the bread was always represented by whatever mama would let them use out of the house. Did they really eat that stuff? NO WAY! But, in a child’s mind, it represented a wonderful dinner prepared for special people. And it would always taste wonderful.
As we come to the Lord’s Table today, we have the bread and the juice. Elements prepared for a special people, representing a special person. These elements are prepared for the children of God, representing the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. They do not “become” his body and blood. But they do represent and serve as a reminder to us of the body that He gave and the blood that was shed by our Savior in his substitutionary death on Calvary.
If you look at the method of Christ’s teachings while he was on earth, He always used a visual reminder of a spiritual truth: He washed the disciples feet; we have the illustration of the vine and the branches; the sheep and the Shepherd; look at all the parables. The Lord’s Supper is much the same way – a simple object lesson that represents the very heart of the Gospel. The broken body and shed blood of Jesus.