Honestly, prior to this study I just thought it was remembering what Christ did on the cross for my sins. Jesus said that we are to do it in “remembrance of Me” then he said “for as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor 11:24,26)
But it’s so much more than just remembering the cross. When I take communion I am remembering the covenant that I have entered into, through Christ, with God.
A covenant is a solemn binding agreement between two parties. Covenant always requires the cutting of flesh and the pouring out of blood. God through the sacrificing of His Son made a way for us to be reconciled with Him. When we come to God through Christ we are entering into covenant with God through the cutting of the Son’s flesh and the pouring out of His blood.
When we take the Lord’s supper we are doing so in remembrance of the covenant God has entered into with us. Jesus was the covenant lamb and we enter into a covenant with God when we “eat of His flesh and drink of His blood” John 6:53-59.
Communion is symbolic of God cutting a covenant with us offering His Son as the flesh and blood needed for the covenant to be binding.
So Communion should never be taken lightly and there are consequences for those who do. We must examined ourselves before God to judge if we have a right heart to enter into the remembrance of the covenant. I Cor 11:23-34
Communion is remembering the work of the cross, but it is also remembering that you have entered into a binding agreement with God through Christ. You are in covenant with Him and with covenant while there are blessings there are also responsibilities.
Before you take communion the next time ask yourself how is your relationship with God. Are you in right standing? Are you holding a grudge with a member of the body of Christ? Does a brother or sister have something against you? Have you tried to make it right?
God takes covenant very seriously, so should we.
Father I pray that as I prepare for the next taking of communion that I will remember my covenant with you. I pray that it would never become something that we just do because we’ve always done it. I pray that it will be a renewing of my covenant with You so that I might remember that Your Son was and is the covenant Lamb who offered Himself up for me and allowed His flesh to be cut and His blood be poured out so that I might enter into a covenant relationship with you. Amen.
(For further study read Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor 11)