Communion lets us recognize two things about Jesus and therefore it also brings out of us, two other things. Two and two, easy.
Two Things Communion Tells Us about Jesus
We have these symbols, a piece of bread, and a cup of wine (juice), and Jesus himself tells us what these things are supposed to mean.
In Matthew Jesus tells us:
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body. That was broken for you.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
So we are recognizing these two things about Jesus:
- That the bread is to remind us of Jesus’ body, whose was broken for us
- And that the wine or our juice here is to remind us that his blood and his death provide for us with his everlasting covenant between you and Him.
While like eating bread and drinking wine provides the body sustenance and vitality, so does taking communion feed the spiritual person within. This is the communion (sharing) that Communion is all about. Our response is due to these two truths.
Two Things Communion Brings Out in the Believer
In Communion, we as Believers (Christians) respond to God with Repentance and Belief.
At the end of the passage of verses that I quoted above, Jesus said that his blood was poured, for the ‘forgiveness of sins‘. Sins are wrongdoing, and there has never been a precedent for the believer to live a life full of them. In fact, when you observe a new believer, and see the change in life that they go through. You always see a dramatic reversal of what they think is wrong and right.
When sins are forgiven, sins are left behind. Therefor, when we take Communion, a whole half of it is remembering the blood that was poured out so that are sins could be forgive; could be left behind– never to distinguishably mark the Christian life.
Remembrance and Belief are the giant call of the Believer. Believing in the unbelievable, that a God died for you. Each crunch of the bread and with each humble sip, we are remembering, until the day He returns, that he died for us. If we truly narrow in on that, Belief will rise up, every time. Communion should be something cherished by Believers. Not ignorantly rushed through by busy-bodies in a church service. We are called toward understanding the beauty of what He has provided us.
Above all, what you need to do is reflect on your life. Come to God with Repentance and Belief. Confess your sins and turn from them. Trust that God died for you and that He is coming back for you.
Make sure that your heart is right. Don’t rush through it. It’s not an exercise to get through, but it’s recalling the most precious truth that we as Christians can muster.
Pray for your church to see the beauty of what you all are doing in that sacred moment.
Verses on Communion:
Matthew 26:17 – Mark 14:12-25 – Luke 22:7-20 – John 13:21-30 – 1 Corinthians 11:17-34