Practical Disciples: Communion
About Today’s Practice
Communion has the power to take us back to Easter every time we observe it and this is why it’s important to spiritual growth. Each time we take it we’re reminding ourselves of our first love we had for the Lord and that first time we felt that freedom from our sin. Communion has the power through the Holy Spirit to convict us and catalyze spiritual transformation and maturity (John 16:8-14). Not only does it remind us of the sacrifice that was made because of our sin, it also shifts us to hope for the future when we will be united with Christ and our pain and tears will be no more (Rev. 21:4). Whether you take it once a day or once a month, it should always be a time to examine yourself, seek forgiveness, and be 100% present with Jesus.
Before we get going, you’ll need these things:
- Juice, Water, Wine, whatever you can find for the drink.
- Matzah bread is preferred but not everyone has that laying around so any kind of bread or cracker will do.
With the elements in your hands, take some deep breaths and be present with Jesus. Take a few moments to focus completely on Him.
Let’s read 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
“So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.” -1 Corinthians 11:27-29
Take a minute or two and spend time with Jesus. Ask Him what sin exists in your life that you need to put to death. If you want, you can write these down in your journal. Then ask for forgiveness and the strength to put that sin away. 1 John 1:8-9 says:
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Take another minute to ask Jesus how you can love Him better this week. Maybe asking Him what’s holding you back from a deeper relationship with Him. Once again, write these down in your journal if you’re comfortable doing that.
Jesus, our Messiah, was afflicted, He was pierced for our transgressions, He was broken. On the night that He was betrayed, Jesus took the bread of affliction and broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Take the bread)
Then Jesus takes the third cup of the Seder, the cup of Redemption, and He, “This cup of the New Covenant which is done in my blood, do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (Take the wine/juice)
Let’s pray this together: “Jesus, we thank you for going to the Cross for us. We know that what you did was not done lightly. Help me to remember in everything I do that sacrifice that you made so that I would be given a new life. Help me to remember the forgiveness that covers all of my sins so that I may forgive others as you have forgiven me. Lead me this week, Jesus, so that I can be the person you created me to be! I pray this in your name Jesus, the name above all names, Amen!”
As you walk into this new week, remember Paul’s words in Romans 6:1-4, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
SCRIPTURES TO MEDITATE ON
• Romans 6:1-4
• 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
• John 16:8-14
• Matthew 26:26-30
• Mark 14:22-26
• Luke 22:14-20
• 1 John 1:8-9