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It Is Not A Mere Symbol, Sign, Or Representation

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 In the name of Jesus. Amen. What is it that we eat and drink this evening?  What is it that Christ instituted long ago in that upper room with His disciples?   Many people will answer this by saying that communion is nothing more than a symbol.  They will say that the bread and wine are visible signs of Christ’s body and blood crucified on the cross. And so, according to this way of thinking, communion is definitely important, but it is not really the real thing.  In other words, as a symbol, communion points to what is genuinely important.  You see, symbols are pictures of real things, but they are not the real thing.  In the end, signs are merely signs.  Symbols are merely symbols.  Nothing more.  Now, it is important for us to unpack this a bit more. If the bread that we eat and the wine that we drink in communion are symbols or signs, then they are like arrows that point our attention to the body and blood of Jesus on the cross.  In other words, the re

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