I’m afraid sometimes we take communion out of religious obligation or tradition without stopping to really think about its significance in our lives. When Jesus broke bread and shared wine with his disciples he was instituting a brand new covenant… a covenant that would be sealed in his blood. Similar in ways, but so much better than the Passover they had been celebrating all their lives. And as Jesus passed the bread and wine he said that every time we do this, every time we take communion we should remember Him and what he has done for us.
This was not a new concept for the disciples. Part of God’s instructions regarding the Passover was to share their stories about the powerful things God had done with their children for generations to come. God did not want future generations of Israelite children to be ignorant and uninformed about his power and goodness towards his people. He intended that parents would sit around the table at Passover feast time and share their stories of gratitude to God with their kids.
So, when we take communion I believe it’s really important that we don’t just take it as a tradition but stop to remember the good things God has done for us. And take the opportunity to explain to our kids how good God has been to us. There is something powerful about sharing our stories and personal experiences of what God has done in our lives.
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.