The “Four Directions” of the Lord’s Supper

Concerning how the Lord’s Supper is to be observed by believers, Derek Thomas writes the following

Third, we need to be conscious of the four directions at the supper.

Backward: Look at the cross and feel your sins and rejoice in atonement.

Upward: Where Christ’s ascended body is right now.

Forward: ‘For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes‘ (1 Cor.11:26, emphasis added). We are pilgrims, on a journey home.

Around: We are a body, with Christ as the Head; a building (stones) with Christ as chief cornerstone (1 Peter 2:5-7).

Fourth, the supper is meant to be joyful. The cup (alluding to the third cup of the Passover ritual) is a ‘cup of blessing’ (1 Cor.10:16). The very term ‘blessing’ with covenantal overtones (cf. Num.6:24-26) is a reminder that in Christ we are promised ‘every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places’ (Eph.1:3).

Taken from the new book by Derek W.H. Thomas, Let Us Worship: Why We Worship the Way We Do (Ligonier Ministries, 2021), pp.125-26

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