The holy communion
The Holy Communion is also known as the Lord's table or the Last Supper. It is known as the Lord's Table because Jesus was the originator.
Communion is togetherness. It is the fellowship by several people for a particular reason.
The Holy Communion is, therefore, the fellowship of saints to partake in the Lord's table. (1 Cor 10:16)
It is called the last supper because it was His last meal before He was arrested to be prosecuted.
When we take the bread, we take the Body of Christ, and as for the wine, the blood of Jesus.
John 6:54-56 "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them at the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.
When we take the Lord's table, we do not mourn; we celebrate the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. We share in Jesus Christ's death (communion). We share His crucifixion. Col 2:20 says we died with Christ. We remember that through His death, we escaped death and also the slavery of sin.
Why is Holy Communion Important?
1. It is a reminder of what Jesus did in the past. "Do this in remembrance of me. 1Cor 11;24"
2. It is a symbol of our present relationship with Him. Those who have a relationship with Christ live holy lives. According to 1Cor 11:28-30, you ought to examine yourself before partaking the Lord's table lest you bring judgment upon yourself. Are your ways right with God?
3. It is a promise of what He will do in the future. Matt 26:29 "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.” (Mark 14:25, Rev 19:7 -8)
Before you take the Lord's Table:
1. Examine yourself in the inwards. Are you in the right relationship with God? Don't bring judgment upon yourself.
1Cor 10:21-22 "You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?"
2. Look around. The Holy Communion is taken in fellowship with others. Please don't take it alone. 1 Cor 11:31.
3. Look forward. Focus on what lies ahead until He comes.
Through the Holy Communion, we announce the present and the future of the Saviour Jesus Christ.
Heb 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."