And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. Matthew 26:26-29 KJV
The communion table is symbolic of what Jesus did on the Cross. 1 Cor 11:26 says “As often as you take this bread, and drink this cup…” This means that there is no set schedule for partaking of the Lord’s Supper. You can receive Communion as often as you need to or want to.
1. Do this in remembrance of Me.
1 Cor 11:24, “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.”
The night Jesus was betrayed was the night of the Passover meal. He instituted Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper that same night. Passover celebrated Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. The Lord’s Supper celebrates our deliverance from sin and death through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
2. Announce the Lords Death till He comes
1 Cor 11:26, “For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.”
This is a prophetic meal, because not only do we announce His death and triumph over sin and death on the cross, but we are also announcing that He is coming back again for us! The devil hates communion, because it is a reminder of his defeat!
3. The Bread – His Body
1 Cor 11:24, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you…”
The bread represents the body of Jesus, which was broken, marred and scourged for us. He took the punishment for our wrong doing. His body also took stripes for our healing and restoration. 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV says, “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.”
4. The Cup – His Blood
1 Cor 11:25, “In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.”
The cup is a symbol of Jesus’ blood, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. It symbolizes His blood that sealed the New Covenant, which is based upon better promises. By eating the bread and drinking the cup, we signify and proclaim that we are remembering Jesus’ death for us, and also renewing our commitment to serve Him.