Communion: Remembering Jesus

We've swapped things around a bit to make room for Marty Breeze to come and share with us (and we're really glad we did!).  And so as part of our CHUNKY TRUTHS series, we're sharing some teaching about 'Communion' in blog form...

'Communion' is know by various names - 'The Lord's Supper', 'The Eucharist', 'Holy Communion', 'Breaking of Bread', etc.  Basically it's the bread and wine bit that Christians do when they gather together.  What does it all mean?

The death of Jesus is important to Christians (understatement!).   This is because the death of Jesus is the means by which we can have our sins forgiven by God.  A relationship with God is FREE GIFT to us but it COST GOD EVERYTHING...

Romans 3:23-25
Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory. 24 The free gift of God’s grace makes us right with him. Christ Jesus paid the price to set us free. 25 God gave Christ as a sacrifice to pay for sins through the spilling of his blood. So God forgives the sins of those who have faith.

It's what we learned about when we looked at JUSTIFICATION, early in our CHUNKY TRUTHS series. 

Knowing that his death would be important, and knowing how forgetful people are (even those who would trust and follow him), Jesus gave his followers a simple meal to remember it by.

The bread is broken as a reminder that Jesus' body was 'broken' on the cross as he died.

The wine is poured as a reminder that Jesus' blood was 'poured out'.

And both the bread and the wine are consumed by Christians as a reminder that the death of Jesus is something to partake in ourselves - to identify with - because our old sinful selves have been crucified with him on the cross and we have been raised with him to life a new life (Romans 6:1-7).

Paul, writing to some of the first Christians, reminded them how important it is for this meal to be passed on to Christians everywhere to help us remember (and to proclaim or share!) the cross and the unique and life-saving thing Jesus did for us there...

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

We are prone to forget even the most important thing.  So Jesus has given us this brilliant visual aid - a practical, multi-sensory reminder - to regularly centre ourselves as Christians on him and what he did for us at the cross.  So that we would never forget the only reason it's possible for us to be forgiven and friends of God.