What a beautiful delivery of the first part of the Lord’s Supper. First, Paul exhorts us that we follow his pattern; explain that it was handed down to him by the Lord. He then explains that Jesus took bread, that is He took a loaf, then He broke from that a piece to eat, saying, “this is my body, which is broken for you:” afterward He passed the loaf around for the 12 disciples to do the same.
The representation of eating the bread truly is divine. As Jesus takes one loaf of unleavened bread and says, “this is my body,” He is evoking His one body that He gave for us at Calvary.
Of course, anything other than one loaf would taint the imagery and therefore infringe the pattern that the Lord gives. So, on the Lord’s day, each Christian at East Ridge church of Christ eats of that one loaf, sharing together in the blessings we have through the body of our Lord.
For further evidence, that each in the congregation should eat of one loaf; we turn to Paul’s directions in the previous chapter of 1 Corinthians 10. He writes, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: For we are all partakers of that one bread.”
It’s amazing how the Word of God harmonizes, how it makes sense. As we take the cup of blessing and the one bread, we are “sharing together in fellowship” — in the blessings of the body and the blood of our Lord.
That one bread gives us a picture of the one body of Jesus, both physically and spiritually. When you look back and study (2 Timothy 2:15), you will find nine indictors of a single loaf in Paul’s teaching in chapters 10 and 11.