In our churches you will frequently hear communion meditations on how this meal is not a merely a memorial. Rather, it is a true means of grace. Christ really meets us here. And as we receive by faith His body and blood, the benefits of His death and God’s covenant promises are sealed to us.
But while this sacrament is more than a mere memorial, it is still a memorial. Jesus said to His disciples, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
God in His kindness has given His church this memorial, by which we are reminded weekly that Christ died for us and that we now belong to Him. And this memorial though is not only a reminder to us of the covenant, but also a reminder to God.
We see this concept with another covenant. After the Flood, God set His rainbow in the sky as a sign of His covenant. And this sign was not just for people, but the Lord said He placed it there so that when He looks upon it He would remember His everlasting covenant.
Of course, God does not forget His covenant with us. But you can think of it like prayer. When you pray, you are simply telling God things that He already knows. And yet He still commands us to do so for our benefit. Therefore, by partaking of this Supper, we are turning to God and saying, “Lord, on the basis of the death of Your Son, remember your covenant, and have mercy on us.” And the Lord responds to our faith with His blessing and grace, renewing our covenant with Him.
So come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.