Nourished with Communion
As a child communion was boring to me and even into my adulthood those feelings didn’t change much. That was until recently when I was asked to speak at a small church gathering and was to lead everyone through communion. After many hours of studying and prayer, I finally got it.
Today I want to share with you what I learned about communion in order that you may have a much richer and more blessed experience while preparing, remembering, and celebrating this most special event.
Part 1: The Old Testament
Communion was first called Passover. God commanded this seven-day festival in remembrance of what He had done setting the Israelites free in Egypt after more than 400 years of slavery.
After God brought the Israelites through the ninth plague. Moses told Pharaoh and the Israelites to prepare for God was going to do a mighty work. They were told that the Angel of Death was to pass over them, and all those whom did not have the blood of the spring lamb on the door, their firstborn would die. All the firstborn of man and animal in Egypt died except for those who were Jewish. With fear the Egyptians begged Pharaoh to allow the Israelites to leave.
For the Israelites having to leave so abruptly, meant there was no time for the yeast to rise and so their last meal was taken quickly without leaven in the bread.
“Passover” is celebrated annually with a seven-day celebration to remember God and His mercy having rescued the Israelites from slavery.
Part 2: The New Testament
The Israelites celebrated Passover each year with a huge celebration. During the time of Jesus an estimated 2.7 million Israelites attended the Passover in Jerusalem. They camped, remembered, celebrated and praised God.
In preparation for the Passover, the origin of this event was taught, roads were refurbished, tombs were white washed, houses were cleaned, and yeast was removed.
Yeast is also a symbol for sin.
During this celebration Jesus used the basic diet of wine and unleavened bread. Jesus did not ask us to remember him by a monument or a holiday but to remember him by breaking bread, drinking the symbolic wine and having a meal with Him in order that we would prepare for fellowship with him, remember what he had done for the entire world, and not forget the new contract, he was about to give his life to save humankind.
For Christians the name “Passover” was changed to the Lord’s Supper.
Part 3: The Present Time
Today we call The Lord’s Supper “Communion”. There are three parts to communion.
1. Prepare. Jesus told His disciples to go and prepare for the Passover.
And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.” Luke 22:8
Prepare for the Lord’s Supper. One way to prepare is to examine yourself. Are you ready to have a meal with Jesus in heart, mind, and soul? Has someone upset with you? Do you need to forgive someone who has hurt you?
This is a great time to reflect on your relationship with God.
2. Remember. Do you celebrate communion because of habit, tradition or remembrance?
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
In the Old Testament bread was used as an offering to God, in the temple it symbolized the presence of God. In the New Testament “The bread” symbolizes Jesus Christ. By eating this in fellowship it brings the body of Christians together in unity with Jesus.
“Blood” is life giving. In the new covenant, Jesus died in the place of sinners. He Ransomed you, took your place. His blood, (because He is God) removes the sins of all who put their faith in him. Jesus’ sacrifice will never have to be repeated it is good for all eternity.
It is lifesaving and for every Christian the death sentence has been removed.
3. Refresh. The third part is to refresh our memory of the New Covenant with the LORD.
“And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in My blood.” Luke 22:20
The New Covenant celebrates the deliverance of your past and the hope of your future. Jesus has given you a new life. Not to live in mourning but in rejoicing for what is ahead. You get to be part of it, that is a MIRACLE.
I would love to hear your story on how you celebrate communion! Please share below!