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.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matt. 26:26-28)
Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper) is of extreme importance, for it is the Act of Love and Act of Communion with God that was left for mankind to give Christians strength and to support their Faith. To partake of the Holy Communion is to taste the extent of Jesus’
sacrifice.When we participate in the Lord’s Supper, we each eat a piece of bread in remembrance of Jesus. As we eat the bread, we
remember the body that was broken by nails, His splintered flesh. When we drink a small amount of wine at the Lord’s Supper, we
remember that Jesus’ Blood was shed for us, and that His blood
signified the new covenant. As we drink of the cup, we remember the blood that poured from His wounds. We not only remember His
suffering. We proclaim the eternal life in heaven the Lord Jesus Christ prepared for us through His death and resurrection. The death of Jesus Christ on the Cross is the best news possible. It shows how much God loves us; so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us, so that our sins may be forgiven and we may live forever with Him.
The Lord’s Supper, although a memorial of a death, is not a funeral, as if Jesus were still dead. Rather, we observe this memorial knowing that death held Jesus only three days; knowing that death will not hold us forever, either. We rejoice that Jesus has conquered death, and has set free all who were enslaved by a fear of death (Heb. 2:14-15). We can remember Jesus’ death with the happy knowledge that He has triumphed over sin and death! As Jesus said, our mourning will turn into joy (Jn. 16:20). Coming to the Lord’s Table and having
communion should be a celebration, not a funeral. The church should look back to the events surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus as the defining moment in its history. The Lord’s Supper helps us look upward, to Christ, and be mindful that true life can only be in Him and with Him (Jn. 6:56, 58). Holy Communion represents the completeness of Jesus’ sacrifice; He gave us His all; His life. By
receiving the spiritual flesh and blood, Christ lives in us and we in Him. Only with the life of Christ in us can we have eternal life and resurrect on the last day. Therefore, all believers of Christ must
partake of the Holy Communion.
Apostle Paul wrote, “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup” (1 Cor. 11:28). Every time we
participate, we should be mindful of the great meaning involved in this ceremony; we need to look around to see whether we are treating one another in the way that Jesus commanded. By participating together in the Lord’s Supper, we picture the fact that we are one body in Christ, one with each other, with responsibilities toward one another (1 Cor. 10:17).
Jesus said He would not drink the fruit of the vine again until He came in the fullness of the kingdom (Matt. 26:29; Lk. 22:18; Mk. 14:25). Whenever we participate, we are reminded of Jesus’ promise. There will be a great messianic “banquet,” a “wedding supper” of
celebration. The bread and wine are miniature rehearsals of what will be the greatest victory celebration in all history. Paul wrote that “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). Holy Communion is more than a gift, it is a Communion with God to help man live with God for All Eternity. Remain blessed.
E. O. Medaiyese, Snr. Pastor.