Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper?
Simply put, we do it in obedience to the command of our Lord Jesus. In the Gospel of Luke, on the night that He instituted the Lord’s Supper, Jesus commanded His disciples “Do this in remembrance of me.”
The Apostle Paul wrote that Jesus took the bread, blessed it and broke it to be distributed among the disciples present. The bread was to symbolize His broken body. We take the bread and meditate on the broken body of Christ because we are commanded to.
Paul continued and wrote that Jesus took the cup and blessed it as a symbol of His shed blood. Again, He said that we are to partake of the cup in remembrance of Him.
It is not only a command, but it is also a privilege. In the same passage, the Apostle Paul wrote that partaking of the Lord’s Supper is our way of showing others the death of Christ. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we speak of His broken body and shed blood. This is an encouragement to the believer, and a witness to the unbeliever. It is a privilege to show others His death, His Gospel until He returns.