Friday, 28 September 2007

Communion



What is Communion? Should we partake in it? If so, how often should we do so?

Let look at what the word of God has to say concerning communion.

The main emphasis of communion is “fellowship”. The act associated with communion in the bible is the “breaking of bread; the body of Christ” and “drinking of wine; blood of Christ”. The bread is symbolic of the body of Christ which was given for us on the cross, the wine being symbolic of his blood which was shed for the remission of the sins of mankind, including you and I.
Luke 22:19 And he (Jesus) took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them (disciples), saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
What we can see of utmost importance from the above verse is “do this in remembrance of me.”
This is the real purpose of communion. I can see the importance of this today, since never before have I seen a lack of Christ in the church, and believers forgetting HIM and what HE did for us.
How often while listening to a sermon do you hear about the good news of Jesus Christ? You’ll most probably hear something to tickle you ears. Like something about “your destiny, dream. Purpose, blessing” etc…
Partaking of communion keeps our minds and hearts focused on Christ and his redemption and grace. This helps us remain humble and not sidetracked by every new teaching which takes our focus away from Christ.
I grew up in the Catholic Church until I received salvation through Christ and became a Christian in 1996, so I am quite familiar with communion. Often many of us like myself, see weekly partaking of communion as a religious act and not something we should bother with. This is far from the truth. Communion is not a religious ceremony, but an act of love for Christ and away of keeping him central to our lives and thoughts. We should regularly commune together as believers, not relying solely on the church to call us together on a Sunday morning. Regular fellowship should always be encouraged. Taking communion should always be encouraged on a regular basis (1 Corin 11:16). I don’t believe that we can take communion too often, as the focus should be to remember and identify with what Christ did for us on the cross.

Acts 2:45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Paul also reminds the believers in:
1 Corinthians 11: 23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

Lets not forget to remember the Lord and proclaim his death (salvation plan) by partaking of communion.

2 comments:

I desire more of Him said...

Thank you brother in Christ for sharing this Word from God regarding Communion. This is what I needed. God bless.

dazzarai said...

Im glad that is has been helpful. It is good to remember Christ and what he did for us, and that he is coming again. God bless you, and keep you. Be encouraged.