…the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me – 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
The Holy Communion is a very important sacrament in the Church and there’s a lot we should know about it. We’re told in 1 Corinthians 11:2 that Jesus took bread and broke it and gave it to His disciples to eat. When He broke the bread and said, “This is my body, which is broken for you,” it signified that He was given up for our sake; He was bruised and killed in our place. So when you “break” bread, you’re commemorating the vicarious death of Christ, the sacrificial Lamb that was given up for you.
The eating of the bread is also very significant. When you eat the bread, you’re not only reaffirming that His body was broken for you, but also that you’ve become a part of it. You’re eating, as it were, His body into your body. That means you’ve become responsible for Him as He is responsible for you. It also means you can’t take the Communion and then turn around and betray or deny Jesus; it’s forbidden. The Communion signifies a oneness with Him that makes you inseparable from Him.
Jesus also declared in the twenty-fifth verse of 1 Corinthians eleven, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” The Cup signifies the New Testament sealed in His blood. His divine blood was shed for us for the remission of sins, so that sin should not have dominion over us. Now we are the products of that New Testament; we are what He got for His sacrifice!
The next time you take the Communion, remember these things and declare them in prayer, giving God thanks for all that Christ has obtained for you.
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Father, I thank you for the body of Jesus that was broken for me and His blood that was shed for the remission of my sins. Now my body will never again be broken and sin will never have dominion over me. He was wounded for my transgressions and bruised for my iniquities, the punishment for my sins was laid upon Him and by His stripes, I was healed! Thank you Father for the divine life I have in Christ. I walk conscious of it every day, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Isaiah 53:3 – He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
1 Corinthians 11:26 – For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. 34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.