The story so far...
But does it just happen because we’ve always done things that way? Is there a reason, or a point? Do we still need to be doing it, or is it an outdated ritual? We’re going to have a look today at the basis for Communion..
What does the Bible say?
What is this event intended to be, at the very least?
What do you think this means?
If we put ourselves in the place of the disciples, does this “remembrance service” that we have in the Lord’s Supper seem more/less important?
What does the final verse tell us?
What do you think is the importance of Communion?
The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, can be described as one of the “sacraments”. Baptism is another one of these. What this means is they are ‘outward and visible signs of an inward and invisible grace’. Communion was started by Jesus for His followers.
Communion is something that a Christian will take part in more than once in their lifetime, unlike Baptism. Churches sometimes have a service for this every week, but this is not always the case. Jesus set out the instructions for His disciples in a specific way and at a specific time to make sure they grasped the importance of this. We are to put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples, the bread is broken and the cup poured as a remembrance of what Jesus has done, but we also share in the resultant blessing of that event we are remembering. We are saved through what Jesus has done for us, and can celebrate that fact. Not only that, but we will look forward to seeing Jesus again, in His Father’s kingdom.
But why is it important? It is a reminder of what God has done for us, a place to meet with Him, to contemplate, give thanks with joy and to look forward to what He has said He will do in the future.
These sacraments we observe, in obedience to Christ who set them out for us, in order to cement our relationship with Him, and to keep us close to Him. These bring us back again and again to see what He has done, and is still doing for us.