I’m afraid sometimes we take communion out of religious obligation or tradition without stopping to really think about it’s 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.
Luke 22:19-20 NLT
He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper, he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.”
There is something powerful about sharing our stories and personal experiences of what God has done in our lives.
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.
“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ Then the people bowed down and worshipped.
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.
I spoke on this topic at my local church on Good Friday this year as we took communion as families. I challenged the parents to use this as an opportunity to open up a conversation with their children about the significance communion and how we remember God’s goodness.
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.