Christ's Death Is an Atoning Sacrifice
When we consider the Lord's Supper it is clear that Christ's death is not being viewed as a martyrdom, but as an atoning sacrifice to God. Matthew's account of the Lord's Supper contains the words:
"Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." (Matthew 25:27b-28)
The concept of sacrifice goes back to the Old Testament.
"The life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life." (Leviticus 17:10‐11)
Because the Last Supper apparently took place on Passover eve, Jesus was seen as the Passover Lamb. In fact, at the very beginning of Jesus' ministry, his cousin John the Baptist had proclaimed, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). The Apostle Peter wrote:
"For you know that it was not with perishable things ... that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." (1 Peter 1:18-19)
When we partake of the Lord's Supper we are remembering Jesus' death for our sins on the cross.
Note: Believers differ on some of these topics. Be loving in your responses, even though you might disagree.
Q1. (1 Corinthians 11:23-25) Why is it so important that we continually remember Christ's broken body and shed blood? In what sense do you believe that the bread is his body? That the wine is his blood?