What is communion?
Holy communion, sometimes referred to as “The Lord’s Supper,” is a sacred act in which we remember Jesus’s sacrifice.
Remember, it was Jesus’s death on the cross that made way for the forgiveness of sins and allowed for our broken relationship with our Heavenly Father to be restored. We get to spend eternity in heaven – all because Jesus sacrificed his own life “as a ransom for many.”
When we participate in communion, we share in taking a small piece of bread (symbolizing the broken body of Jesus) and dipping the bread in a large cup of juice (symbolizing the blood of Jesus shed on the cross).
It may seem like a small act of remembrance, but it is a holy privilege that comes with great significance. For this reason, communion shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s a reverent act that requires us to empty our hearts of sin so that we can fully honor the grace under which we now live.
At 12Stone, anyone who has professed Jesus as their Lord and Savior is invited to participate in act of communion.
Why do we do it?
Participating in communion is a way for us – collectively and individually – to recognize Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross and all he accomplished through his death.
There’s nothing magical about the elements of bread and juice (or wine, in some churches). The beauty lies in what they represent and how the Holy Spirit moves in our hearts as we confess sin and participate in the act of communion.
Allow yourself to fully engage in the experience.
Where did it come from?
Before Jesus was crucified on the cross, he gathered his disciples together for one final meal. It was during the season of Passover, the holiest time in the Jewish faith. During the course of this Passover meal, Jesus guided the disciples in the “The Lord’s Supper,” or holy communion.
In the night that Jesus was betrayed, He instituted this "remembrance." Luke 22:19-20 recounts it this way: "And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’”
Shortly after the completion of this Passover meal, and the first holy communion, Jesus died on the cross. It’s difficult to imagine that at the very moment he was fellowshipping with the disciples, he carried the weight of what was immediately ahead. And yet, he made sure that his followers had a way to honor and remember what was coming. What a God we serve!