Communion is a time of worship when believers come together to celebrate the life of Jesus. During this time they praise his work, acknowledge the sacrifices he made, and reflect on their own decisions in life. It is a very intimate time with God and is the perfect time to thank Him for what He’s done in your life and for Jesus’s sacrifice.
Most churches will designate specific times to take communion, whether it is every Sunday or a few times a year. The most common times are Easter weekend and Christmas Eve services. While some churches will pass out the bread and juice to the congregation, others will allow for people to come to the altar to accept their communion. Churches will have the appropriate communion supplies to present the bread and drink. This gathering would not be complete without the two most significant elements of communion: bread and wine / juice.
Communion commemorates Jesus’ last meal, which took place with his disciples the night of his betrayal by Judas. This was his last meal, hence the familiar event called “The Last Supper.” Bread and wine were a core part of the meal that night, and these two elements have taken on a greater significance today. The bread and wine that are taken during communion represent both the physical and spiritual aspects of Christ himself.
The first element, the bread, symbolizes the physical body of Christ. During their final meal together, Jesus told his followers, “This is my body given for you.” The bread signifies the life Jesus was willing to give up for those he loved, and his message has been carried out over generations. Many churches will present the bread in wafers, plain crackers, or a loaf of bread. It is not the type of bread that matters, but the sacrifice which it symbolizes.
The second element, the wine, represents God’s covenant in blood, which has been poured out in payment for mankind’s sins. The blood of Jesus represents not only his life, but belief in his life as well. Jesus poured his life into those cups that night for his followers, and today we drink up his life as a reminder of his sacrifices and as a way of taking in all of his teachings. Just as pure blood had to be spread across the doorposts for death to pass by the Jewish people, Jesus’s pure blood will protect his believers when they pass from this earth.
Together, the body and blood are important elements used to remind believers of Christ’s sacrifice – living a pure and sinless life as well as shedding his blood for us on the cross. Communion is done on regular basis as a means of letting Christians to routinely show their deep appreciation and love for Jesus and to commemorate his life. Communion doesn’t have to be taken only in a church setting. It is also commonly taken at home with families to commemorate special times, at funerals, and even weddings as a way for the new couple to place themselves before God. Wherever you take communion, remember the importance of it and that it is your time to come before the Lord.