…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 had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).
The Holy Communion is a very important sacrament in the Church and there’s a lot we should know about it. We’re told in 1 Corinthians 11:24 that Jesus took bread and broke it and gave it to His disciples to eat. When He broke the bread and said, “This is my body, which is broken for you,” it signified that He was given up for our sake; He was bruised and killed in our place. So when you “break” bread, you’re commemorating the vicarious death of Christ, the sacrificial Lamb that was given up for you.
The eating of the bread is also very significant. When you eat the bread, you’re not only reaffirming that His body was broken for you, but also that you’ve become a part of it. You’re eating, as it were, His body into your body. That means you’ve become responsible for Him as He is responsible for you. It also means you can’t take the Communion and then turn around and betray or deny Jesus; it’s forbidden. The Communion signifies a oneness with Him that makes you inseparable from Him.
Jesus also declared in the twenty-fifth verse of 1 Corinthians eleven, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” The Cup signifies the New Testament sealed in His blood. His divine blood was shed for us for the remission of sins, so that sin should not have dominion over us. Now we are the products of the New Testament; we are what He got for His sacrifice!
The next time you take Communion, remember these things and declare them in prayer, giving God thanks for all that Christ obtained for you.