Lesson 4: In Remembrance
This week we studied about Passover and the Lord’s Supper or what we often call, Communion. What’s the first thing you think about when you hear the word “Communion”? Unfortunately, some begin thinking, “Oh, we need to go to a different church this week because there is Communion.” After talking to an elder, I found that it is the time of the year when the church is most empty. People decided to church-hop on the day of Communion. One time I told someone that I was going to a certain church on Sabbath. They replied, “You know they have Communion at that church this week, right?” What’s the difference? Is the fact that they will have Communion affect my decision as to which church to attend? Unfortunately for some of us, it does. And we are missing out on a great blessing when we do.
Let study some truths when it comes to Communion. Jesus did many things when He was on this earth. He gave sight to the blind, brought the dead to life, and made the cripple walk. Many of which we have not done. But of all things that Jesus did do on this earth, we can do what He told us to do. We can take part in the same service that Jesus did 2,000 years ago! Jesus commanded, “…do this in remembrance of Me.” As Jesus was about to give His life for his loved ones, He never wanted them to forget! Communion brings us back to Jesus. Don’t you want to remember Him and His sacrifice? That’s what we should be contemplating when we take part in Communion. Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 11:26, “As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” So it not only brings us back to the cross, but it also takes us to the future of His return! The Gospel is wrapped in this ceremony we can be a part of.
Secondly, communion is a time of coming together as a community of faith. As brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a time when we must humble ourselves, forgive those who have wronged us, and apologize to those we have wronged. It is a time to be of service to one another and to come together as the body of Christ. In biblical times when you supped with someone it was a sign that you accepted that person. That you got along. That’s why the Pharisees were outraged that Jesus would go to the Zacchaeus’ home.
That is also why Paul, in 1 Cor. 11, exhorts the believers not to just come to eat. Some of them were eating the emblems before the church came together to eat. Because it wasn’t about individuality. It was about coming together, not in “factions” but united. So Communion is also a time to rebuild strained relationships and to be an actual family of God. Brothers and sisters. Friends. Believers of one mind and purpose.
Thirdly, Matthew 26:27 says, “Drink from it, all of you.” It’s interesting that Jesus says “all”. Yes, even Judas was to take part in this ceremony. Some people avoid Communion because they believe that they are not good enough to take part in such a holy service. They feel they’re sins are too great and their lives too far from God. Friend, that is the perfect time to take part in Communion. Paul does advise the Corinthians not to eat in an “unworthy manner”, but he is not talking about having to clean yourselves up. He’s telling us to come knowing why we’re doing what we’re doing and to humble yourself. Friend, are you a sinner in need of a Savior? Then this is the perfect time to remember WHO did what for YOU! This is the perfect time to sup with your family and your God. This is the time to remember the Savior who hung on a cross to save you from your sins and to remember that He promised to come back for you! Communion is more than just a bunch of symbols. It’s a time to renew your faith and trust your God! So do it! In this life, we can easily forget the essentials of Christianity. Communion bids us, “Remember”.