What does Communion mean?
Communion happens when we share our thoughts and feelings with each other. This happens when we eat and spend time together. When we put our faith in Jesus we are invited to share our thought and feelings with God all of the time. That means we can experience communion with God as much as we like.
What is the Practice of Communion in Church?
In church we practice what we call communion. That practice is the act of remembering Jesus, what he’s done for us on the cross and how much it cost.
What did Jesus do and how much did it cost?
Jesus willingly gave up his life on the cross for us so that we can be saved from our sin and brought into the family of God. The cost for Jesus was his life. He died so that we could live if we put our trust in Him. Our story doesn’t end there because three days after Jesus died God raised him from the dead and Jesus showed us all that he had power over life and death.
How do we remember Jesus giving his life?
We celebrate this great thing Jesus did with us by remembering the price he paid. The Bible speaks of the time of remembrance in the Gospel of Luke:
Luke 22:19-20 (NIV)
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a]
In church we will eat bread remembering that Jesus body was given to us and drink juice remembering Jesus blood was poured out for us. This is not the actual body and blood of Jesus, it is only a symbol of his body and blood. When we use these symbols they help us to remember how much we care about Jesus and in that moment we share communion with God, meaning we share our heart, feelings and thoughts with God.
We believe that you should only take communion if you believe in Jesus because communion is about celebrating what you believe. The Bible also tells us that believing in Jesus is as simple as putting your trust in him.
Romans 10:9 (NIV)
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
God invites you to put your trust in Jesus and know Him in a powerful way by saying you believe with your mouth and truly believing in your heart. When you put your trust in Jesus God makes you part of His family and you begin the greatest adventure of your life!