Someone recently asked me about the Lord’s Supper (also called Communion), so I thought it might be a topic that you also have questions about.
Every church takes Communion at some time or another. Different churches share in the Lord’s Supper in slightly different ways, but it usually goes something like this:
There is some bread; there is some juice. Sometimes you go to the front of the church to get it; other times it is served to you. In many churches, people take a piece of bread and a little glass of juice to eat and drink. Some churches dip the bread in the juice. It all just depends on the traditions of your own church.
But in every church, it is a very important and sacred way for Christians to remember Jesus and His death on the cross for our sins until He comes again.
If you are Catholic, it may be a little different from what I describe.
Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. This is from The Message Bible: Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you.
The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper, He did the same thing with the cup: “This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember Me. What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never take it for granted.”
Before Jesus died on the cross, He had a final meal with His friends, the Disciples. He wanted to give them something to remember Him by when He wasn’t with them, so He used the bread and the wine that they were having with their supper that night. The bread and the wine are both symbols that represent Jesus. The broken piece of bread reminds us of His body which was broken when He was nailed to the cross. The wine reminds us of Jesus’ blood that He shed for us on the cross. Jesus loved us so much that He gave His body and blood for us, so we could be forgiven when we sin. That is a lot of love for each and every one of us.
When we take the Lord’s Supper (Communion), it is important to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Is isn’t something we should just do without thinking about what it truly represents. It was given to us by Jesus Himself, so we wouldn’t forget His great love for all of us. Next time you take Communion, remember what it stands for and how wonderful a thing Jesus did for us.
Let’s say a prayer together. Dear Jesus, thank You for giving us the Lord’s Supper to remember You. We know You gave Your body and blood for our sins, so we could always be forgiven when we do wrong. When our church takes Communion, let us remember just how important and holy our participation in it is. In Your holy name we pray, Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church.