Communion: it is something that we tend to practice quite often in the religious world, and as Christians it can be something we do so often and partake in so regularly that it loses meaning. If you have been a Christian for ten years you have likely taken the Lord's Supper somewhere in the ball park of 500 times. Like any repetitive thing, it can become rote. Or perhaps we were never set on a firm foundation of biblical teaching and theology in the first place concerning the Lord's Supper, so we feel stunted and stuck as we continually participate in this sometimes mysterious practice. Historical accounts of the institution of the Last Supper: Mat 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17-20 Day 1. It is a memorial to Christ Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me" (1 Cor 11:24), but this is not just a memorial to his death, but also to his everlasting life. For Jesus did not die and stay in the grave as all other man, he rose and ascended and now sits at the right hand of God interceding for us (Eph 1; Heb 4). We remember Christ, not only in his suffering and death for our sins, but we also remember and rejoice at the good news of his resurection. Day 2. It is a pledge of the new covenant Jesus said, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood" (Luke 22:20; cf. 1 Cor 11:25; Mat 26:28). As we partake in the Lord's Supper, we are reminded that the new covenant is greater than the Mosaic covenant (2 Cor 3:6-18; Heb 7:22; 12:24) and of the perfect forgiveness we have in Christ's blood, as well as completion and finality of the new covenant. Day 3. It is a proclamation of Christ's death Paul writes, "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes" (1 Cor 11:26). The significance of Jesus' death is proclaimed to the world as His body partakes of the meal together. Day 4. It is a prophecy of Chrit's coming Paul writes, " you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes." (1 Cor 11:26) meaning that we are to practice the Lord's Supper until he returns, implying that we are looking forward to his return! Communion is a time when the believers are together reminded of the joyful reunion and uneding jubilation which await us when we meet the Lord. Day 5. It is fellowship with Christ and His own Christ said, "For where two or three have gathered in my name, I am there in their midst." (Mat 18:20).. Jesus is present spiritually with his believers and followers in the Lord's Supper and the disciples have fellowship with one another through Him. *Note: the person that can participate in the Lord's Supper is only someone who is regenerated through Christ and living a life of obedience to Him. The believer is asked to examine himself as the his fitness to come to the Lord's table (1 Cor 11:27-29) and is warned to not eat and drink judgement on themsleves by participating when they are unfit.
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