Communion is one of the two ordinances that Christ gave to the church. It is a very intimate time between a person and God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is a time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and all that it provides for you, His death and His resurrection.
Communion is also a time to think about Jesus’ return for His bride, the church. As the bride of Christ it is our responsibility to perfect ourselves for our groom, Jesus. We must undergo a process of sanctification. We must set ourselves apart for Jesus. We are to wait and make ourselves ready for His return. While waiting for Jesus’ return we should be in the process of being cleansed by the washing of the Word. We should conform more and more to what the Word of God teaches. Our desire should be to please Jesus, our groom. Communion is a time when believers recommit themselves to prepare to be the bride of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:28 NKJV
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup.”
When we are unwilling to judge ourselves (self-examination) God will chasten us. Chasten means to punish to improve, discipline, purify or refine. God chastens those that will not judge themselves because He loves them and does not want them to be cast away from His presence. True self-examination will lead to true humility.
1 Corinthians 11:31-32 NKJV
“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judges, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”
Communion is a time when a believer is to examine their life. Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be the bride of Christ. Sin keeps a person from being properly prepared!
When we do not receive communion for the right reasons (a time of reflection, anticipation, examination and commitment) we are taking it in an unworthy manner.
Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”
New believers must be trained in the importance of the communion. Communion is vitally important to a church. Jesus gave every part of Himself for and to the Church. He gave His Church something that would provide strength for their journey and for healing along the way, and that something is communion. Whatever name you choose to call it communion (the grain and the drink offering / the Lord’s Supper / the love feast / the first works / the breaking of bread) is a wonderful reminder of everything that Jesus provided for us.
1 Corinthians 11:23-24 NKJV
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ ”
There is a vast supply of power and revelation in communion, both privately and corporately. Corporate communion brings an anointing upon the church, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls.
Joel 1:8-12 NKJV
“Lament like a virgin girded with sack cloth
For the husband of her youth. The grain offering and the drink offering
Have been cut off from the house of the Lord; The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord.
The field is wasted,
The land mourns; For the grain is ruined,
The new wine is dried up,
The oil fails. Be ashamed, you farmers,
Wail, you vinedressers,
For the wheat and the barley; Because the harvest of the field has perished.
The vine has dried up,
And the fig tree has withered; The pomegranate tree,
The palm tree also,
And the apple tree – All the trees of the field are withered; Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.”
When communion is cut off from the people the people and the church is barren spiritually. When communion is cut off from the church the manifest presence of God, the glory of the Lord, and the anointing is cut off. The church must discern the body and blood of Jesus Christ. If they don’t they will be barren, their fields will lie in waste, their land will mourn, their corn will be wasted, and the new wine will be dried up. In other no words there will be no harvest of souls, there will be no fresh moves of the Holy Spirit and no anointing upon our church or our lives.
Revelation 2:2-5 NKJV
“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place – unless you repent.”
Help me to remember that communion is an intimate time between You, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and I. May I always remember what Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection means to me personally. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to prepare myself and please Jesus, my groom. Help me to continually undergo the process of sanctification – may I set myself apart for You. Cause me to conform more and more to what the Word of God teaches. Never allow me to be unwilling to examine and judge myself.
In Jesus’ name, Amen