2/13/2019 2:12:14 PM
Does the Lord's Supper teach our children anything?
And it shall be, when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?' that you shall say, 'It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.'"
God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt is a quintessential picture of spiritual salvation of all who are saved. People are in a hopeless situation. God miraculously delivers His people.
The Passover feast was to be celebrated as a remembrance of that great deliverance from Egypt. When the people observed the Passover, their children would ask, “What does this mean?’ God instructed the Israelites to explain that “God graciously saved us!”
Throughout the year, but especially when the church administers the Lord’s Supper, Christian parents must likewise teach their children, “God graciously saved us!” Of course a lesson in history is not the end goal. The main objective is to prayerfully lead our children to understand that they also need to be saved, and that they need God’s salvation no less.
May our Christianity (including our receiving the Lord’s Supper) not simply be something we do. May it be a reminder of how lost we were and how God graciously saved us. And may we also seize every opportunity to tell the next generation that they need to be saved, and that is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ who alone forgives sins.