Jesus instituted communion (the Lord’s Supper), as we know it today, after His final Passover meal was eaten. Jesus had celebrated many Passover meals before in His life and had even celebrated several with His disciples before this time.
Luke 22:15 NKJV
“Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer’ ”
His final Passover was special and He had awaited it for a long time. It was at His final Passover that He instituted the new covenant. After the meal was eaten, Jesus broke the bread and gave it to them, saying ‘This is My body which is given for you.’ Then He picked up the third cup of wine (the cup of redemption) and said to them, ‘This is the new covenant in My blood which is shed for you.’
The first thing (first works) that the disciples did under the new covenant was to participate in communion.
Luke 22:17-20 NKJV
“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves, for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me’ Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you’ ”
Communion is much more than just a piece of bread and a sip of juice. During communion we enter into a close spiritual relationship with God. It is a very, very intimate time between you and God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Communion is an act of sharing, a having in common, an exchange of thoughts and feelings, an intimate talk, fellowship, a close spiritual relationship.
Today we receive the same benefits through communion that the Hebrews received through the Passover lamb. When we receive the communion elements (bread and juice) we remember Jesus.The Hebrews ate the body of the lamb and applied the blood of the lamb to their dwelling place. In communion we use two elements: bread and juice. Each one is significant and has it’s own meaning and benefits. Also when the two are brought together, it is very significant and powerful.
I. Body of Christ:
The bread represents the body of Jesus Christ.
I remember You and the sacrifice You made for me. I remember that Your body was broken and beaten for me. It is by Your stripes that I have healing, restoration, and wholeness. In my mind, body, soul and spirit. Thank You that You paid the price.
In Your precious name, Amen.
Through taking the bread in communion there is restoration, healing, favor, revelation, strength. Many sleep spiritually and physically (death / sickness) because they do not discern the Lord’s body.
1 Corinthians 11:29-30 NKJV
‘For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.”
1. Healing (Physical, Emotional, Mental Restoration)
Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to bring back to health or cure. The stripes that Jesus took provided for our healing.
Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”
By His stripes we were healed. We can be made whole. We can be made sound. We can be made well. Our health can be restored. Our diseases can be cured.
Zacharias was burning incense before the Lord when an angel of God appeared to him. Zacharius was not just burning incense before God. The room where Zacharias was when the angel appeared to him was the holy place. In the holy place was a golden lampstand, an altar of incense (golden altar) and the table of shewbread. On the table of shewbread sat wine, bread and frankincense. The frankincense would be sprinkled on the golden altar (altar of incense.) This represented prayer, praise and worship to God. The priest would come into the holy place and take some frankincense (incense) and sprinkle it on the altar. Then he would go back to the table of shewbread and eat some of the bread and drink some of the wine. He was receiving communion. He would then burn some more incense on the golden altar. The actions of the priest are a pattern for communion. Prayer, praise, worship (incense) then the receiving of the elements (bread and juice.)
Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth had no children. The Bible refers to Elizabeth as being barren.
Luke 1:5-22 NKJV
“There was in the days of Harod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. but they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth: For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the father to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’ ”And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am old, and my wife is well advanced in years.’ And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.’ And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and the perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.”
As Zacharias was burning incense before God and receiving communion (bread and wine), he was having an intimate relationship with God. It was during this time that God sent an angel to tell him that his wife would have a baby. God had heard their prayer. God was going to provide healing, victory, and restoration. He meet Zacharias’ need during communion. God can and will do the same thing today.
Luke 1:23-25 NKJV
“So it was, soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”
God wants to minister to us just like He did Zacharias. God wants to meet our needs, but first, we must minister to Him.
The Israelites obeyed God. They had taken the blood of the lamb and put it over their doorway and cooked and eaten the lamb the way that God had instructed them to. Because of this they were not only safe when the death angel passed over, they received favor.
Exodus 12:29-35 NKJV
“And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, ‘Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, ‘We shall all be dead.’ So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing.”
The Israelites left Egypt with treasures because the Lord had given them favor with the Egyptians.
Exodus 12:36 NKJV
“And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”
Like the Israelites, we can obtain favor with our ‘enemy’ through taking communion.
Jesus had walked with the two men on the road to Emmaus all day long but they did not know Him. They had talked with Him, but they had not been intimate with Him.
Luke 24:13-24 NKJV
“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, ‘What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’ Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, ‘Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?’ And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.’ ”
Many people know who Jesus is, and many have conversations with Him, but they do not know Him. They have not had intimacy with Him.
Luke 24:25-29 NKJV
“Then He said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?’ And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, ‘Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.’ And He went in to stay with them.”
Like the men on the road to Emmaus, we must have our eyes opened. When the men received “communion” their eyes were opened and they knew Him.
Luke 24:30-35 NKJV
“Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’ So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.”
Communion will do the same thing for us today. Communion will:
* draw us into a deeper relationship with Jesus
*give us a deeper revelation of Jesus
*open our spiritual eyes
*strengthen our eternal life- it will cause us to walk closer to the Lord
Restoration means a restoring; establishing again, bringing back to former condition, or recovery.
Luke 23:42 NKJV
“then he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’”
The thief on the cross asked Jesus to remember (restore) him when He ascend to heaven. When sin entered the world it separated us from God. When Jesus ascend to heaven, He went into the Holy of Holies with His own blood and poured it over the mercy seat. In so doing, we were no longer separated from God.
Jesus told the man on the cross, “You will be with Me in paradise.”
Luke 23:43 NKJV
“And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise.”
In the garden of Eden man enjoyed a special intimacy with God until sin entered in. It was in the garden that a separation between man and God came into being. Man was separated from God. Man no longer had direct access to the presence of God. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are no longer separated from God. We have been “restored” back to God. Once again we had direct access to the presence of God – our relationship with God and intimacy with Him have been restored.
Matthew 27:51 NKJV
“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”
At the death of Jesus the veil was torn in two. The veil represented a separation between us and God. When the veil split it meant that we now had access to God, and that our relationship with Him was restored.
Jesus’ response to the thief could have meant that at His (Jesus) death His blood would restore (remember) him back into right relationship with God. He (the thief) would no longer be separated from God because of sin.
Communion gives spiritual strength for your battles with the enemy. While hiding out from Saul David and his small group of men ran out of food (provisions). David arranged to meet them somewhere and he went to find some food. He went to Nob ( a community of priests) and asked Ahimelech for food.
I Samuel 21:3-5 NKJV
“ ‘Now therefore, what have you on hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or whatever can be found.’ And the priest answered David and said, ‘There is no common bread on hand; but there is holy bread, if the young men have kept themselves from women.’ Then David answered the priest, and said to him, ‘Truly, women have been kept from us about three days since I came out. And the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in effect common, even though it was consecrated in the vessel this day.’ ”
The priest gave David the shewbread. It became their “bread of strength.”
I Samuel 21:6 NKJV
“So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.”
It was not lawful for anyone other than the priest to eat the shewbread but the priest realized that it was important to keep the spirit of the law.
Matthew 12:3-4 NKJV
“But He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those with him: how they entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?”
If you are like David’s men (you are fighting a battle and seem to be growing weaker) you need to receive communion.
When the Hebrews left Egypt there was not one feeble, sick, lame or weak person among them. This was because of what they had done the night before. They had received “communion” the night before. They had eaten the Passover lamb and applied it’s blood to their house.
Psalm 105:37 NKJV
“He brought them out with silver and gold,
And there was none feeble among His tribes.”
II. Blood of Christ:
The juice represents the blood of Jesus Christ.
I remember You.
I remember how Your blood was shed for me.
I remember how You hung on the cross for me.
I remember how You died and rose again for me,
So that I could be redeemed.
Help me to prepare to be Your bride.
In Your precious name, Amen.
It’s His blood that cleanses us, that gives us life, that took our place, that redeems us, that washes us whiter than snow. Through taking the juice we can receive protection, salvation (spiritual restoration) and life. We also make a commitment during this time.
1. Protection through the blood of Christ.
Prior to the Israelites leaving Egypt the Lord passed over the homes that had the blood of the lamb applied to the door posts. In the homes where the blood was applied the people were protected from death.
Exodus 12:13 NKJV
“Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
Each time we take the juice in communion it is a reminder (sign, memorial or symbol) that we have protection through the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).
Exodus 12:21-24 NKJV
“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, ‘Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a branch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your house to strike you. And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever.”
2. Salvation (Remission of sins) through the blood of Christ.
Isaiah 1:18 NKJV
“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’
Says the Lord,
‘Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.’ ”
It’s Jesus’ blood that cleanses us. Through Jesus we can receive remission (forgiveness, pardon) of our sins.
Hebrews 9:22 NKJV
“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”
When we receive the gift of salvation we are delivered from sin and from the punishment for sin. Once we truly repent those sins (transgressions) are remembered no more.
Psalm 103:12 NKJV
“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
3. Life through the blood of Christ.
It’s Jesus’ blood that gives us life. Without the blood of Christ we would be ‘dead’ in our sins. The life of the flesh is in the blood.
Leviticus 17:11 NKJV
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the alter to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”
4. Substitution through the blood of Christ.
It was the blood of Jesus that took our place. He willingly took the punishment (penalty) that was rightfully ours.
Hebrews 9:12-14 NKJV
“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanses your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
God loved us so much that He gave His one and only Son to take our place. To save us from the penalty of sin.
John 3:16-17 NKJV
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
5. Redemption through the blood of Christ.
Redeem means to buy something back or to buy a slaves freedom. Jesus’ blood redeemed us from sin. When we were in sin we were a slave to Satan, but Jesus bought us back.
I Corinthians 6:20 NKJV
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”
Ephesians 1:7 NKJV
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
6. Precious sacrifice through the blood of Christ.
Romans 3:23 NKJV
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Everyone has sinned and because of that sin we were separated from the manifest presence of the Lord (the glory of the Lord.) Jesus Christ was a very precious sacrifice. Because of Him we no longer have to be separated from the glory of the Lord.
Hebrews 9:24-26 NKJV
“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but in heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another- He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
7. Commitment through the blood of Christ.
Throughout the Bible when a commitment (promise or vow) was made it was sealed by drinking wine. When a Jewish man found a woman that he wanted for his bride he would go to her father and make an offer. The man would tell the father what he would give in exchange for allowing his daughter to marry him (dowry). After the father agreed to accept the offer, he poured a glass of wine and then called his daughter into the room. The father would then tell his daughter that an offer had been made for her hand in marriage, and he would tell her the offer. If the daughter accepted (agreed to) the offer she would pick up the glass and take a drink of the wine. By drinking the wine she was making a commitment to prepare to be the man’s bride. She had a responsibility to be ready when the man (groom) returned to get her. Each time we drink the juice in communion we are committing to prepare ourselves to be the bride of Christ. We must take very serious our responsibilities and commitments.
III. Body And Blood Of Christ :
The separation of flesh and blood brings death. Putting them back together again bring life. Before crucifixion, Jesus’ body was “torn apart.” The psalmist describes the agony that Jesus would go through.
Psalm 22:12-21 NKJV
“Many bulls have surrounded Me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
They gape at Me with their mouths,
Like a raging and roaring lion.
I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.
For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;
I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.
They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing thy cast lots.
But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;
O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
Deliver Me from the sword,
My precious life from the power of the dog.
Save Me from the lion’s mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!
You have answered Me.”
During communion you bring the flesh and the blood back together. The bread represents the body (flesh) and the juice represents the blood.
John 6:55-56 NKJV
“For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”
During communion your health can be put back together, your family can be put back together, your finances can be put back together, your relationship with God can be put back together. In Psalms 103:2 we are instructed to not forget the benefits of the Lord.
Psalm 103:2 NKJV
“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits”
We are to remember the Lord. As we meditate on who Jesus is, what He has done (provided) for us, and what He is going to do for us (take His bride home), as we bring the body and the blood of Jesus back together during communion, let Him “remember” you.
If you are sick God desires to make you whole, you need communion.
If you are weak God desires to give you strength, you need communion
If you are fighting a battle God desires to give you victory, you need communion.
If you need grace, mercy and power God desires to give it to you, you need communion.
If you desire a deeper intimacy with God, you need communion.
In the Old Testament the communion (meat and drink offering / bread and wine) was for the priest. At Calvary we became a priest.
I remember You. I remember how Your body was broken. I remember how Your blood was shed. I remember how You died for me so I could be made whole so I could be forgiven and cleansed of all unrighteousness. I lay hold of Your covenant. I lay hold of Your promise. I receive Your healing power. I receive the victory of communion. As I honor You, as I worship You in this intimate time of communion with You.
In Your precious name, Amen.
May the Lord be lifted up and exalted the next time you receive the communion elements.
I Corinthians 11:26 NKJV
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
John 12:32 NKJV
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”