Sunday, June 7, 2015

Why I Believe that Communion is Super Important

   When I say communion I am speaking of the Lord's Supper, breaking of bread or Eucharist. The taking of bread and the fruit of the vine and eating it in remembrance of Jesus death on the cross for us. I believe it is an important part of a Christian's walk and here is why:

Jesus instituted it and told us to do it as a way to remember Him. It is the memorial ceremony that He desired.

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying,“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
 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." Luke 22:19 & 20

"For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 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.”  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.”  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes." 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?  Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf." 1 Corinthians 10:16 & 17

It is an important part of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
"So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.  For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.  But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment.  Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world." 1 Corinthians 11:27-32
It is something that the early church did.
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42

 "On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight." Acts 20:7

The greatest thing that was ever done for us was Jesus taking our sin to death on the cross for us. He asks the we regularly remember him by taking of bread and the cup. Is this something that is important to you?


Jennifer said...

I agree, it is very important for all those reasons! Thanks for sharing.

Abbi said...

You are welcome Jen, Thanks for visiting!


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