We all do things to remember certain events or recall cherished memories. There are rituals such as lighting candles that help us remember loved ones, or special meals that help us remember our heritage. Jesus calls us to partake in communion in remembrance of him. This ritual recalls Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, what was accomplished on that cross, and his love for us.
Jesus not only started the tradition of communion, but instructed us how to take the elements as seen in 1 Corinthians:
“This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he also 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.”
Greg Laurie, Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, accounts for three main things that 1 Corinthians 11:23-30 teaches us:
- We should look back – We are to participate in communion in remembrance of Christ (verse 24). Though we must be reverent and must be appreciative of what communion symbolizes, communion also speaks of intimacy and fellowship. And so we look back. We look back to the cross. We remember what Christ accomplished for us. And we are reminded of his love for us.
- We are to look ahead – The Scriptures say to do this “until he comes again” (verse 26). The first time Jesus came to this earth, he came as the suffering servant. The next time, he will come as the conquering King. Communion is an observance to remind us that Jesus will come again.
- We should look within – We are to look within and ask the Holy Spirit to show us any areas of our lives that may not be pleasing to God (verse 28). Once we acknowledge these areas, we are to repent of these sins.
Christ nourishes us for he is the bread of life and we come to the table in joy and reverence and as often as we remember him, we should celebrate him and what he accomplished on the cross.
Written by Luke Lusted - Website
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Luke first felt God's call to lead and serve in the music ministry of the local church while pursuing his Bachelor's degree at Louisiana Tech University. He earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Arizona. While Luke has served in numerous professional capacities including Artistic Director of a large choral organization, chorister in professional choirs, and composer and clinician for schools and churches across the country, his heart is pastoring and using his gifts to glorify Christ and His kingdom.