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The Lord's Supper: Dining With Our King
[Quote from Ed Stevens] "It is easy to see why some thought the observance should have ceased at AD 70 if Christ returned then, based on 1 Cor. 11:26, but, a quick glance at the Gospel parallels which record the institution of the Lord's Supper should be enough to dispel that notion (see Matt. 26:29; Mk. 14:25; and Lk. 22:16-18). Note carefully that Jesus promised to eat this supper with the disciples again after the kingdom had arrived, and to observe it in His memory in the mean time ... The observance of the supper now is not a solemn remembrance of Him in anxious longing for His return, but a victory celebration with Him at His table in His kingdom. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Whether still alive or physically dead we live together with Him, reign with Him, eat and drink with Him, and commune with Him."
He is present with us. He will never leave us, so He will never need to come back again. He is here. The Lord's festive meal has so much more joy and meaning now, since it has been fulfilled in the kingdom. Observance of the Lord's Supper wasn't supposed to cease at the parousia.
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