The 12 disciples were in a daze. For the first time They weren’t celebrating Passover as prescribed in the law of Moses. Or if they did, this one was added. Jesus arranged that the upper room be prepared for this special meal together,The meal that we share together before He would suffer.
This meal has characteristics of the Passover. But it differed in a number of ways, a key being the bread and the wine at the center of it. And Jesus taking the red declared it to be His body broken for them. The cup Jesus declared as His blood poured out for them.
His disciples surely couldn’t make no sense it out of this at all. This seemed to them to indicate that Jesus was not the Messiah. Yes something powerful held them there. I knew fellowship was being formed around a new table. And for a new world. Jesus indeed in the food. The life of a new creation is in Him, And for the world Jesus was in their midst in a way that from now on by the spirit He would continue to be whenever they would share this meal together and do it in remembrance of Him.
Many believe Jesus’s instruction to do this goes beyond taking communion. It also refers to how we are to live. Because Jesus’s body was broken, because His blood was poured out for us, we too should live daily for Him, broken and poured out.
Jesus isn’t inviting us to a life of comfort and ease but one of surrender and sacrifice. Our highest desire shouldn’t be for our will to be done but for His will to be done, And Jesus is inviting us die in our own lives so we can live moment by moment, day by day – for Him.
Communion is a sacred time for you as a follower of Jesus. But before you participate in this memorable occasion, take time to spend some reflective moments and self examination. What does that mean? How can you pray? While this is an individual matter between you and God, here are some communion prayer thoughts and meditations that might help you as you prepare for this beautiful time of remembrance.
And as they were eating, Jesus took the bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples and said, Take, eat; this is my body, then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sinsMatthew 26:26-28
“Jesus said to them, very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:53-54).
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: “ Cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this whenever you drink it, and remembrance of me.”
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until it comes. So then,, whoever Is this bread or drink this cup of the Lord and unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone actually examine them selves before they eat their bread and drink from the cup.” (1 Corinthians 11:24-28).