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To me, partaking in the sacrament of communion instituted by Jesus Christ to His Church brings back so many memories. It confirms over and over again the importance of Jesus in my life.
While partaking, I think back on what Jesus did for me personally. Furthermore, I recall my days before God changed me. He did a miracle in me when He forgave my sins. It was nothing but the blood of Jesus that brought me into communion with God.
In speaking a commandment to His Church regarding communion, Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”
I don’t ever want to forget what He means to me! He means everything to me. Without Him, there is only darkness and separation from God. With Him, there is spiritual life, the hope of Heaven and a constant companion who won’t leave us.
The sacrament of communion is for those who have been cleansed by the blood of Christ. Those who participate must be born again of the Spirit.
Spiritually speaking, Jesus put it this way in John 6:53-56: “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.”
The words Jesus spoke so long ago during the Last Supper – the initial New Testament communion – reverberate through time to now and into the future. For whom was His body broken and His blood shed? For you who know Him personally! Thank you, Lord!
He explains how personal His sacrifice would be in I Corinthians 11:23-25: “For I have received of the Lord that night which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 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. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Jesus explained his body was “broken for you.” His blood was similar, according to Luke 22:20: “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
Before our congregation partakes of communion, I pray God gives us a good understanding – and acknowledgment of just how important Jesus is to us. I want to be reminded of the lengths He went to save us.
I received another blessing during last Sunday’s communion, as well. My 9-year-old daughter, Addie, sang “Nothing but the Blood.” That little redhead was used of the Lord. It made my heart glad. I know one thing is certain: She didn’t get her singing voice from me. It is from God. I’m one who can’t carry a tune, but “makes a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
Sam Kaufman pastors The Church of God at 405 13th Ave. N. in Alexander City. Contact him at 432-266-0154.