Communion is a time for us to reflect on the fact that the Lord gave his only begotten Son, who gave His body and shed His blood for us all.
Institution Of Communion
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” - Matthew 26:26-29
What is the meaning of communion?
The bread and wine were served as the Lord’s supper. Today we serve crackers and grape juice. The bread is the symbol of Christ's body, which was beaten for us as He died for our sins. The cup symbolizes his blood, which was poured out for us. John 10:17 “Therefore My Father loves Me because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
We must prepare our hearts to partake in communion (1 Corinthians 11:27) And we must examine our hearts for any unconfessed sins.
Partaking in communion doesn’t make you a Christian. It doesn’t save your soul or get you into heaven. God warns us about taking communion without first considering what it means and why we’re doing it. The purpose is not for us to aimlessly perform a practice, but to intentionally set aside the time to remember what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.
1 Corinthians 11:27-31
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.