Holy Communion aka The Lord’s Supper aka the Last Supper is known in church as an event on a specific Sunday to honor the Lord’s body. It’s a time where were to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The night of his arrest and night before his death, Jesus and his disciples shared a Passover meal, which was also Jesus’ last meal. It was an important event, because Jesus knew what was about to go down and the bread and the wine that was shared signifies the sacrifice of Jesus to pay the debt for mankind.
A lot of things were also brought to light that night as well. Jesus said that Peter will deny him 3 times before the rooster (also known as cock) crows. He knew that Judas was going to betray him and he told him to do it quickly. (I actually felt sorry for Judas, but then I don’t because, I mean, he betrayed Jesus. Why you had to do that dude?)
He did more that night like washed his disciples’ feet, teaching his disciples the principle of being a servant. I mean here it was that Jesus humbled himself to wash the feet of those that followed him; and he mentions something that is often overlooked, but washing his disciples’ feet was important that day.
Luke 22:26-27 “Let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves”
When we come together and partake in the Lord’s Supper, we are rendering a service unto God, as we acknowledge the body and blood of Jesus Christ. He said “This is my body, which was given (also broken in 1 Corinthians 11:24) for you and This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this in remembrance of me.” He also said “For as often as you eat of this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till he comes.” Remember before in John 14, Jesus advises the disciples that he was going to prepare a place and that when he comes back, he will receive you unto himself. Then in the same chapter, he promised not to leave them comfortless – who is the Holy Spirit.
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Everything ties in together and when Jesus comes back the 2nd time, the puzzle will be completed. But until he comes back, we remember his sacrifice, in addition to proclaiming and sharing his gospel so that all may be saved.
Whether you eat the cracker or bread. This represents Jesus’ body, which was broken and given for you. When he was on the cross, his body was killed. He suffered, bled, beaten, mocked, whipped, etc. He knew it was going to happen and he willingly took it to pay our sin debt in full.
Whether you drink wine or Welch’s Grape Juice or Juicy Juice. This represents Jesus’ blood, which was shed for you. He said that the cup is the new covenant in my blood. His blood is washes away unrighteousness and in Hebrews 9:22, it’s written that “And almost all things are by the Law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission.” Think about in Old Testament, from the time that Adam and Eve sinned, the sacrifice was certain animals (such as the lamb), that was offered in an atonement for their sins. When Jesus’ blood was shed, his blood was the atonement for all of mankind’s sins: past, present, and future sins alike.
So, yes it is a great honor to be able to partake in Holy Communion, because you are remembering what Christ did for all of us.
In Corinthians11: 27-34, it tells us to examine ourselves before we take part in the Lord’s supper. You can’t just take Communion and you have iniquity in your heart or you haven’t been born again. The Lord’s supper is for Believers only.
I first took communion at age 7, after I was baptized the previous Sunday. I had no idea that I needed to be saved in order to partake in Communion, I literally thought I just needed to be a member of my local assembly. Plus, I was following my friend, so I truly had no idea what was going on. I played games with that said friend and the goal was who could get the most bread (at that time, we had bread) My sister thought it was snack time. When my church switched from bread to crackers, the crackers were stale and not pleasing at all to the palate.
What was the point of that story?
Glad you ask.
I truly didn’t know any better until I took Communion as a born again believer of Christ. Now that I have Christ in me, I realize that it’s nothing to play around with. It’s not a game, it’s a great honor.
We’re told to examine ourselves because:
1 Corinthians 11: 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.”
Vs. 29 “For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
Then it continues with the consequences.
Vs. 30 “For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
Sleep meaning some folk have died. You see how serious this is.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
33 Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
34 But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.
It is written, so shall it be done.
So, let’s recap:
1. Holy Communion aka Lord’s Supper aka Last Supper is when we eat the bread/cracker or wine/grape juice in remembrance of Jesus body and blood.
2. He revealed that Peter will deny him 3 times before the rooster aka cock would crow and that Judas will betray him.
3. We learned that earlier before the meal, Jesus told the disciples about the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit.
4. We learned about the symbolism of the bread and the wine, as it equates to Jesus’ body being broken for us and his cup being the new covenant of his blood.
5. We further learned that Communion is for Believers in Christ only and we have to examine ourselves before we partake in the Lord’s Supper.
6. It’s revealed what will happen if one take part in Communion in an unworthy manner.
Next time you partake of the Lord’s Supper, truly think and remember why it’s such a great honor to be able to partake. “This do in Remembrance of me.”