In life, we celebrate moments, both happy and sad, that we want to remember.
- We celebrate birth with birthday parties.
- We celebrate marriage with anniversaries.
- We memorialize a life when someone dies.
Communion is a celebration of an important event in our spiritual life.
In Luke 22:14-20, Jesus institutes the celebration of communion. He says, “I earnestly desired to share in this Passover celebration with you before I suffer.” As the weight of the world was upon Him, His attention and affection were not on His pending suffering, but on spending time with those closest to Him.
God wants to spend time with you!
God wants to spend time with you! That’s a mind-blowing concept!! The God that created every mountain-scape, flowery meadow, every scientifical property, placed every star in the sky and holds the universe together, wants to spend time with you!
He’s made every provision and paid every price to close the gap between Himself and us. Yet, if we are not intentional in spending time with God, the hectic pace of life will overwhelm us so much that we may go a full week between church gatherings without spending time with Him. When God is not first in our life, everything else in life is out of order.
When God is not first in our life, everything else in life is out of order.
The night God delivered Israel from Pharaoh, He instructed them to sacrifice a lamb. Every home that had the blood of a lamb on their doorpost and lintel, the death angel would “pass-over,” sparing the firstborn male.
The parallels between the Passover and the Communion celebration are astounding and intentional. Moving forward, the Passover was given a fuller meaning through Jesus’ sacrifice to save the world from sin and eternal death.
“This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.” Exodus 12:14
Here are four take-a-ways regarding communion.
#1 Communion is commemorative.
Jesus said, “do this in remembrance of me.” It’s to be done regularly. We are instructed to continue this celebration until He returns. By remembering, we represent the past and extend it into the future.
#2 Communion is a time of thanksgiving.
Jesus gave thanks for the elements of communion. We give thanks because real change is only possible through salvation. By inviting Jesus into your life through repentance and discipleship, we are made a new person in Christ.
Because of Jesus;
- We can be restored
- Relationships reconciled
- Marriages repaired
- Futures re-written
- Heaven is our eternal home!
#3 The bread represents Christ body.
Jesus said, “This is my body, which is given for you.” The Creator of the world, the Son of God, died for us. Not an angel or some other substitute but God Himself. He who was perfect and without sin bore the full weight of our sin on the cross. There is nothing more we can do to add to what He did.
#4 The fruit of the vine represents our new covenant.
Jesus established a new covenant, once and for all, by His shed blood on the cross, to forgive sin so we can spend eternity in heaven. All you have to do is receive Him by faith, take up our cross, and follow Him.
“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Hebrews 9:22
The Communion and Passover celebration are connected by Jesus’ intentional act in Luke 22. Don’t allow the frequency of the celebration to diminish the importance and significance of the celebration. Do this in remembrance of what Jesus did for you!