While on a short-term mission trip a few years ago, I had an opportunity to worship with some believers in a remote village in northern Thailand. The worship service was conducted in Thai, so we Americans in the congregation that day didn’t understand everything that was said. Our missionary, Rick Walden, interpreted some of it for us. And we recognized some of the tunes, so we sang along in English while they were singing in Thai.
There was one part of the worship service where no interpretation was needed. It was when the emblems of communion were passed. The Lord’s Supper preaches a message that is clearly understood by all believers. No language barrier can ever suppress the preaching of the gospel message when Christians take communion together. No matter what language you speak, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is clearly and boldly proclaimed whenever we break bread together.
“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”—1 Corinthians 11:26.