Friday, October 08, 2010

Why Do We Do What We Do: Communion

We started a series a couple of weeks back that where we try and put biblical meaning on what we do with regards to our faith. There are alot of things that we practice, but somehow we ask and wonder why. Through the following weeks we'll try to answer why we do what we do.

Last week we discussed on why do we take communion.

Communion is a practice that has always been present probably since the time of the apostles. This is a practice that has been instituted (instructed) by Christ himself (Matthew 26:26).

2 schools of thought has surrounded this sacrament and is also one of the reasons why we have denominational splits within the faith. Other people that the host and the wine would become Christs body and blood itself while others believe that they're just symbols that would remind us of what Christ did for us.

We looked at the text in 1 Cor 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when 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 also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

This is what we practice, the sacrament of communion. So we take bread and drink wine along with our church family but do we understand the implication of how this was instructed to us? This is to remind us and to celebrate the supper with our church family in remembrance of what Christ did for us.

The bread for his broken body and in John 6 we would see that He would pertain to himself as the bread of life. This is to remember His death, and sacrifice that would grant us eternal life. This would grant us his own righteousness, in replacement of our sin. So when we partake of the bread let us always remember of that sacrifice. Let's look at the bread and remember and be grateful of that sacrifice where He'd say, in red text, which is for you.

Same goes with the cup. When we partake of the wine, do we just drink of it and yay, I received communion. Or do we remind ourselves what this would signify, John 4 where Jesus was talking to the samaritan woman would describe himself as of living waters. Something that does not dry up. This is to remind ourselves of the new covenant. This is to remind ourselves that the eternal sacrifice has already been paid and our debt forgiven. This is the cup of the new covenant.

Let us continue to remind ourselves of that. Let's be grateful and celebrate the Lord's Supper in remembrance of His death.

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