From the manger to the Cross
For a few years now, my wife and I have been celebrating the Lord’s Supper alongside our celebration of the birth of Christ–our Lord and Savior. Following is our reason for establishing this tradition, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Christmas day:
(I’m sure you remember the Nativity story as told by both Matthew and Luke. But bear with me a little):
- In a dream, to a now somewhat calm Joseph who had been unnerved because of the pregnancy of Mary, who was pledged to him to be married and whom he had not have sexual intimacy with, an angel of the Lord said, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matt.1:21, NIV, emphasis added). Now in Luke’s version of the Nativity, we find a bit more information about the holy Child as Savior:
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: 11 Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. (2:10-11 NET Bible, emphasis added)
- What made the angel’s announcement good news is that the holy Child was destined to be the Savior–yes, from the manger to the Cross. And this he accomplished through the offering of his body and the shedding of his blood. This redemptive-historical event is what we remember in the observance of the Lord’s Supper: “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26 NIV, emphasis added).
Now while some have opted for Christmas eve, or may even find this practice novel, my wife and I have concluded that Christmas day is a fitting day to “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”