Communion is special for me. The churches I attend take it every Sunday. So do I, though not without thought of why I am taking communion. However, before I became a baptized believer, I did take communion without fully understanding what communion was. No one really explained what it meant at first. At the time, communion was just a part of the worship service, and I was following the crowd. I do not recall it meaning anything to me until later. Now, I know better.
Communion is a reminder of what Jesus did for me (us) on the cross. It is symbolic of Jesus’ body and blood that was sacrificed for the forgiveness of sin. It is also a reminder that I have accepted to be in a covenant relationship with God. Now, do not get me wrong; I get my understanding of communion from the Bible and not what someone tries to tell me what they think it is or is not. It is what the Bible says it is. At the last supper, Jesus told his disciples to share in the eating of the bread which represented his body and to share in the drinking of the wine, which represented his blood which was poured out for many as the blood covenant for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 14: 22-25, Matthew 26:26-29). Jesus also says, “–do this in remembrance of me “(Luke 22:19).
Additionally, I know better than to lead the people who are my spiritual responsibility or going to church with me to take communion without thinking about what it means to be in a covenant relationship with Jesus. I again base this on what the Bible says. Paul states in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.” To me, Paul is warning the church to think about what they are proclaiming to each other. “This is my (Jesus) body which is for you; do this in remembrance of me (Jesus)…. This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me (Jesus). For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11: 24-25).
Yes, Jesus welcomes everyone to be in a covenant relationship with him, and no, he did not stop Judas Iscariot from participating in the Last Supper. However, Jesus did give a warning. “Woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man; It would be better for him if he had not been born (Matthew 26: 24, Mark 14:2, Luke 21:22). Judas ate and drank of the covenant knowingly that he would betray Jesus, and Judas Iscariot paid the price. Just as Jesus and Paul did, I gave a warning to my son and my sister, who I am spiritually leading, not to take communion until they were ready to be in a covenant relationship with Jesus. I did it as an act of love for them, not because I did not want them to feel like a part of Jesus’ Church. Again, this is biblically correct, LOVE rejoices with the truth, and LOVE always protects, trusts, and hopes (1 Corinthians 13:6-7).
Additionally, I did it out of my leadership’s responsibility; therefore, holding myself along with God holding me accountable for them until they understood what communion is, then it falls on them. Now my son and my sister are baptized believers and take communion with me. Luke 17:1-3 Sin, Faith, Duty; “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves.’”
The Bible always trumps what I or anyone else thinks to be true.
Love and peace, my friend