The Real Thing

The Real Thing

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

It has been called “spiritual,” “reverent,” even “holy.” These words have described Richard Wagner’s opera, Parsifal, from the moment it debuted, on this day in 1882. Many found the music mesmerizing. For example, Gustav Mahler, a fellow composer, left one performance of it in silence, so overwhelmed he could not speak.

For many, the opera’s high point comes from a scene Wagner adapted from the Last Supper. On his own terms, he succeeded in creating a work of beauty, filled with atmosphere and imagery. But it is important to remember that it is not the real thing. In fact, the Last Supper occupies an entirely different plane.

This Last Supper marked the fulfillment of God’s plans revealed at the Passover. It was a solemn moment that established one of the most sacred events in the Christian life. This is a moment to think about Jesus and remember all that He did for us. It’s an event filled with symbolism and power; it’s a critical moment when we confirm our faith.

More than a ritual, this brings us face-to face with Jesus. It is not to be taken lightly. We are instructed to examine ourselves before partaking. In fact, if we partake “in an unworthy manner” we are bringing “judgment” on ourselves (v. 29).

Make sure that you are serious about the Lord’s Supper. Like the rest of the Bible, it is real. Life-changing. Examine yourself. Remember Jesus.