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The Importance of Communion

As we near the the very crown jewel of our faith, the Resurrection, let me remind us of the actions and the instructions of Jesus Himself.  During the feast of the Passover (Matt. 26; Mark 14), just before Jesus was to be sentenced to death and executed on the cross, He instituted the Lord’s Supper. It is one of the sacraments (ordinances) in the word of God that is a visible means of portraying Jesus’ love and transforming work in our lives. Though not required for salvation, sacraments are outward signs or indications that we have received salvation. They remind us of God’s gracious actions of forgiving our sins, giving us spiritual sustenance, and loving us.  
I always like to stress the importance of partaking in the Lord’s Supper (Communion), because I feel sometimes people have been guilty of engaging in this sacrament in a very casual and irreverent way. God actually warns us about taking communion without considering what it means and why we’re doing it. The intent is not for us to mindlessly perform a ritual, but to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done and why He did it according to I Corinthians 11: 27-31. Every time we gather around the bread and the juice in our church or in our homes, we remember Jesus is the one who provides all that we need.  According to scripture, communion is a sacred moment the we reflect what Jesus has done for humanity when He laid down His life and His blood was shed for our redemption.  It’s not about the bread and juice, it’s about the body and the blood of Jesus. It’s not about the ritual and the method; it’s about the listening to Jesus and doing what He says. Communion is not an obligation, but it is a celebration of what Jesus has done. Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus, how He gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God.  As often as we do we remember what Jesus has done for mankind and we are able to celebrate Jesus.

Communion is important because it’s a command to remember. Jesus wants us to remember every time we taste bread and juice, and even when we sit at the tables in our own homes, that He is the one who provides all we need. He gives us the physical food that we need to survive and the spiritual nourishment we need to keep taking our next steps with Him.