So today I will be sharing the communion meditation at church. I am very excited about this because talking about the importance of community surrounding the act of communion is very important to me.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 says:
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.
The act of communion is one of the most important events in the life of Christians because it helps us to bring attention to what Jesus did on the cross, publicly professing that he is Lord together as the church, and looking forward to his return.
I think an important lesson I have learned over this last year of my life is how vital the body of Christ is to my life. I could literally not survive if it were not for the love, encouragement, and the occasional meal that I get invited to. We are all a part of a family that God has put us in whether rich or poor, educated or skilled, and even single or married. The body of Christ is our ultimate, eternal family that we will be in Heaven with. Communion celebrates when that will happen. Until then we must strive to live under and give God’s grace to one another.
Two points of clarification: 1) Communion is meant to be taken by active Christ-followers. 2) Parents should take the opportunity to teach their children about communion in a setting where they do it together with their church family. This will be important so that we are properly honoring Jesus Christ, and so that younger children will understand why we take communion.