The Blessings of Holy Communion


The Blessings of Holy Communion

Luke 22:19-20


I. Communion causes us to remember and reflect upon Christ's Sacrifice.

A.   Communion allows us to remember the foundational truth of Christianity: Christ's sacrificial death on the cross for our sins. Jesus Himself established this powerful symbol during His Last Supper, instructing us to partake of the bread and the cup in remembrance of Him (Luke 22:19-20).


B.    Through the elements of bread and wine (or grape juice), we reflect on the broken body and shed blood of Jesus, acknowledging the immense love and grace that compelled Him to lay down His life for us (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).


C.    As we partake, let us humble ourselves before God, examining our hearts and confessing any sins or areas where we need His forgiveness and restoration. Communion is a time of repentance and renewal, reminding us of the lengths God went to reconcile us to Himself.


II. Communion points to our unity within the Body of Christ.

A.   In 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, Paul describes how our participation in the Lord's Supper signifies our unity as the body of Christ. Just as the bread is one and the many grains come together to form it, we, too, are united as the Church, diverse in our backgrounds but one in our faith in Jesus.


B.    Communion reminds us of our interconnectedness and interdependence as brothers and sisters in Christ. It calls us to love and serve one another, as Jesus did, and to maintain the bond of peace and unity within our local church community.


C.    Let us use Communion as an opportunity to reconcile any conflicts or divisions among us, seeking forgiveness and pursuing restoration with our fellow believers. As we come together at the Lord's Table, may it foster a spirit of love, grace, and accountability among us.


III. Communion serves to fill us with anticipation concerning Christ's Return.

A.   Communion not only serves as a remembrance of Christ's sacrifice but also as an anticipation of His glorious return. In Matthew 26:29, Jesus said, "I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."


B.    As we partake of the cup and look forward to that future day, we are filled with hope, knowing that Christ's victory over sin and death is secure, and that we are included in His eternal promise.


C.    The act of Communion renews our focus on the blessed hope of our Lord's second coming, motivating us to live faithfully for Him, sharing the Gospel and serving others until He returns.


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