Communion, also known as the Lord's Supper, is a fundamental part of the Christian faith. For Christians, Communion is a symbolic representation of Jesus's last meal with his disciples before his crucifixion, where he established a new covenant between God and humanity. This sacred practice involves the consumption of bread, which symbolizes Jesus's body, and wine or grape juice, which represents his blood. Communion is deeply rooted in religious tradition, but its spiritual significance to the Christian Church extends far beyond history and ritual.
WHEN WAS THE FIRST COMMUNION?
Communion originates from the story of the Last Supper, as told in the New Testament books of the Bible in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. During the Jewish festival known as the Passover meal, Jesus took bread, blessed it, and broke it, giving it to his disciples and saying, "Take, eat; this is my body." (Matthew 26:26). He then took a cup and gave thanks, passing it around the table and saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you" (Luke 22:20). By using bread and wine to symbolize his body and blood, Jesus established a new covenant with his followers, affirming that his death would serve as a sacrifice for all the sins of humanity.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF COMMUNION?
Communion serves as a powerful reminder of Jesus's love and sacrifice, and Christians believe that participating in this practice is a way to strengthen their relationship with God. It is a moment for reflection and prayer, where believers can come together to remember Jesus's life, teachings, and ultimate sacrifice. Communion is also an opportunity for repentance and forgiveness, as the act of consuming bread and wine serves as a way to symbolically take Jesus' body and blood, which he offered freely as a sacrifice for sin.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF COMMUNION TODAY?
The practice of Communion has evolved over time, and different Christian denominations have adapted it to their respective traditions and beliefs. For some denominations, Communion is a ceremonial sacrament that can only be administered by a priest or minister. In other denominations, Communion is more informal, with participants taking turns serving the elements to each other. While the method of administering Communion may differ between denominations, the underlying significance remains the same.
One of the most striking aspects of Communion is its universality. Christians of all backgrounds and beliefs participate in Communion. Through Communion, believers across the world and throughout history are united in their remembrance of Jesus and his teachings. For many Christians, participating in Communion is a way to connect with their community and feel closer to God.
In addition to its spiritual significance, Communion also serves as a powerful symbol of unity and love. By sharing in the bread and wine, believers are reminded of their connection to each other and their shared identity as followers of Jesus.
While many Christians debate the specifics of the significance of Communion, most Christians agree that the act of consuming bread and wine during Communion is a powerful reminder of Jesus's love and sacrifice, and that the practice of Communion is a great way to deepen one's relationship with God.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
At Liquid Church, we participate in Communion during worship services approximately once a month, and we encourage you to join us for worship at one of our 7 locations across New Jersey or via Church Online. For service times or ways to watch online, simply visit LiquidChurch.com.