Holy Communion and baptism form the ordinances of the church. They are both done publicly as declarations and as memorials to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. The promise of eternal life that comes with His sacrificial atonement is celebrated and commemorated. The Scriptures show that it was during the Passover meal that Jesus instituted the ordinance (Matt. 26:17–29; Mark 14:12–25; Luke 22:7–22; and 1 Corinthians 11:23–26). In the author’s opinion, the meaning of the Lord’s Supper has been distorted and hijacked. The focus has been taken off Christ and placed on the elements: the bread and the fruit of the vine. Jesus is the central figure in all things, including the ordinance of Holy Communion.
Jesus’s Last Supper, the Passover meal, was as intimate and personal as it could get. The main point in sharing the meal, both for them and for us, is fellowship in anticipation of the Lord’s return. What does it mean to have fellowship? Ultimately Jesus said it best
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[a] believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:20–26 NKJV)
How beautiful these words are; how full and complete this prayer is that we should have unity and the provision and comfort of being one with God. It truly is beyond our understanding to fully grasp all that means for humanity. To explore and exhaust this study topic would be too great in volume for this article. But search the Scriptures yourself and discover the beauty and simplicity of this ordinance, and then examine yourself (prove, test) daily and boldly, graciously partake of Holy Communion, and be filled with the joy and power of Christ.
Reflecting upon this further we see that The Lord’s Supper, (Holy Communion), embodies all that Jesus has done and continues to do for us through His life and death. As spring approaches and tender shoots of grass begin to emerge from the thawing earth, so the cluster appears upon the vine. Heat and drought produce a sweeter fruit and once mature makes the best wine. Wheat is winnowed, gathered, ground and baked; then it is broken and consumed to give nourishment.
Our Lord was perfected on the vine of life suffering drought and heat until he was cast into the wine-press of the Almighty. There He poured Himself out a drink offering to the Father on our behalf. He was winnowed on the cross and ground by our sins, yet the ovens of Hell fire only produced the Bread of Life.
Thank You Jesus for who You are. I love You Lord.