Holy Communion: Remembering the Sacrifice of Jesus
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
We often collect mementos from important places or events we have been to. Movie theater ticket stubs or sand from a beach we visited—these keepsakes are the scrapbooks of our lives. As time passes, we reflect on these items with fond memories.
The Last Supper was the final meal Jesus ate with the Apostles before His crucifixion. “On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it’” (2 Corinthians 11:23-25). Christians can honor Jesus’s last meal by taking the sacrament of Communion—a sacred ceremony or tradition, also called the Lord’s Supper—by eating bread and drinking wine or juice. These are the “mementos” or “keepsakes” we use to remember our risen Savior, Jesus Christ, and His life-changing impact on our lives as believers.
The gift of salvation is deeply significant, as our Lord endured a brutal, devastating crucifixion for all humanity. We are humbled by how this sacrifice shows us His immeasurable love and mercy. We have a choice to accept Him into our hearts and make us a new creation. His scarred, outstretched hand is waiting to draw us into His loving arms and cleanse us of all sin and unrighteousness!
Call to Action: As a believer, participate in the Communion sacrament at church or at home. Jesus modeled communion as a powerful symbol of our identity in Him. Make it part of your regular fellowship with Him and other believers! Let’s read these scriptures and pray The Lord’s Prayer together.
“For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed by our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
“Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
[For Thine is the kingdom, and the power,
And the glory, for ever. Amen.]”
Final Thought: Let us be reminded of God’s amazing grace each day! He loved us so much He sent His only Son to die so we could have eternal life with Him!
Thursday, March 23rd, 2023
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