Remembering What Christ Did: Communion
Communion is a way for Jesus' followers throughout history to remind themselves of the sacrifice He made for us.
"On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and said, 'This is My body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.' In the same way, He took the cup of wine after supper, saying, 'This cup is the New Covenant between God and His people — an agreement confirmed with My blood. Do this to remember Me as often as you drink it.' For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until He comes again." I Corinthians 11:23-26
What is your favorite fruit or sweet treat? Can you think of it, imagine its flavor? Why do you like that treat, and what happy memories do you associate with it?
God Made Your Mind
The Bible records God, our Creator saying, "I am the Lord, Who made all things" (Isaiah 44:24). He created our minds to work in certain ways. He made your brain so it could build connections and form memories. For instance, if you think about your favorite treat from childhood, you can probably recall a happy experience associated with it.
Jesus Created a Significant Memory
Jesus was building in His Disciples' hearts a similar connection during the Passover meal. Rather than a happy memory, it was a hopeful one. It says "He broke [the bread] in pieces and gave it to the Disciples, saying, 'Take this and eat it, for this is My body'" (Matthew 26:26). He called the wine His blood "poured out as a sacrifice" (Matthew 26:28). He was telling them that His earthly body was going to be destroyed. At the same time, he created a way for His followers throughout history to remind themselves of the sacrifice He made for us. He instructed them to take the meal "to remember Me" (Luke 22:19).
Keep Your Spiritual Focus
After the Resurrection, the followers of Jesus obeyed His instructions, "devot[ing] themselves ... to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper)" (Acts 2:42). This helped them recall that Jesus died for them, so they wouldn't have to pay the price for their own sins. In the same way today, as we take Communion, we associate the bread and the wine with Christ's sacrifice. Our memories are once again stirred to recall our joy in Salvation, and also sorrow over our sins that made the Saviour's agony necessary.
Prayer, Care, and Share
“Teach Your Disciple About Communion”
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
When you disciple a new Christian, teach them the importance of regularly taking part in the Lord's Supper, or Communion.
Here’s what you learned about Communion (the Lord’s Supper) from the text above: There are two parts in the Lord's Supper: The breaking and eating of bread, and the drinking of wine/grape juice. In the breaking and eating of bread we remember His body that was broken to the point of death for us. The drinking of wine/grape juice represents the new covenant between man and God that was sealed in His blood. It is through the blood of Christ, His life given for us on the cross, that we are saved.
It is important that believers should prepare very carefully to participate in the Lord's Supper. Ask God to reveal any sin in your life, confess and repent of it, and meditate on the significance of Jesus' death, resurrection, ascension into heaven, and His coming again. Scripture warns that partaking of communion in an unworthy way is sinful and that “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.” (1 Corinthians 11:27-32).
Most believers take communion together regularly--some more often than others, depending on their church tradition.
If your disciple hasn’t found a church yet, take them to your church so they can take part in communion. Or the two of you can even celebrate communion together. If you have any questions about communion, you should ask your pastor or spiritual leader.
Pray this week:
You will remain focused on the Lord.
Why do you think Jesus told us to 'remember Him' when we take communion? Do you have questions about communion? Ask a question and someone will get back to you.