Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
A sacrament is a Christian rite recognized as of particular importance and significance. It is an act of the Christian church that is regarded as an outward and visible sign of an inward decision and spiritual divine grace. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (sometimes called The Eucharist or Holy Communion) are the two sacraments given to the church by Christ.
It is not enough to simply know about the sacraments. God’s people are called to partake of them. Baptism is something every believer should experience. It was modeled by Jesus and commanded on many occasions in Scripture. Baptism is an outward expression of the inward reality that we have made Jesus the Lord of our life. Baptism represents dying to our old, sinful self, being washed clean, and rising a new person in Jesus. This picture symbolizes the spiritual reality for those in Christ who have died to sin and been raised to walk in the Spirit.
The Lord’s Supper is another sacrament that we should regularly participate in as Christians. In the Lord’s Supper, we are reminded that Christ’s body was broken and His blood was poured out on our behalf. Christ was sacrificed on the cross, so that His followers could be made right with God. Communion should be both joyful and somber. It is joyful as we remember the finished work of Jesus that has put us in right relationship with God. It is somber as we remember our sin that made it necessary for Jesus to die on the cross.
Take a few minutes to reflect on your baptism and the most recent memory you have of taking the Lord’s Supper.
• Why is it important to publicly show faith in Jesus through baptism?
• How does the Lord’s supper lead us to worship and also remind us of the important of sharing the gospel with others?
• Thank God for the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Thank Him that Jesus paid the full price so that you could be made right with Him.