PASTOR'S PEN: Supper

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Courtesy photo/Ron Witbeck

‘Supper’ is an expression rarely used today. 

While growing up on a farm north of Evart, in a small community of Avondale, ‘Supper’ was the evening meal and dinner was eaten at midday or usually noon. Nowadays they refer to dinner as the late afternoon or early evening meal, replacing the midday meal with the term lunch. 

This is just a reflection of the changes that have developed over the years, sometimes leaving our English language harder than ever to understand. However, God’s Word does not change. We have different versions of the Bible that have been translated to help us understand, but His Word still is as true and strong as originally spoken.

My wife Diana and I have a standing discussion about ‘Supper’ or dinner. When I refer to God’s Word, Jesus celebrated the Lord’s ‘Supper,’ not  dinner. The importance of the matter here is not the name but what it represents for us.

We find this spoken of in the following Books of our Bibles — Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; Paul’s writings in 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 — but we will look to Matthew 26:26-29.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it again with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

‘Supper’ or dinner does not matter! We are to celebrate the freedom given to us through what Jesus did for us, as Apostle Paul instructed us; as we take communion, remembering the beaten flesh and bloodied body of Jesus’ sacrifice! With the confession of Jesus as our Savior, we are set Free!

But to a young man who grew up in the farming community, several years ago, it will always be ‘Supper’ to me! The importance here is the fact that we recognize what Jesus has done for us!  

No matter what time of day you break bread and lift a cup of wine (juice) remember why! 

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.