We had Communion at church being the first Sunday of the month in April and we shall have Communion again on Good Friday. It is not a ritual but “The Lord’s Supper is a commemorative ordinance, a memorial of Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross. It is a feast of living union of believers with the Saviour, whereby they truly, that is spiritually and by faith, receive Christ with all His benefits, and are nourished with His life unto eternal life” (Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. I, p. 474).
It is so important for us
1. to hold fast (Heb. 10:23). This meant “to hold in a firm grasp, to have in full and secure possession.” This was said in the context of their public worship. In this they were to be unwavering, steady, firm, unmoved. We need to continue steadfastly in the practice of It (Acts 2:42).
2. the early Christians were commanded to “eat the bread and drink the cup” (I Cor. 11:24-26). “This do.” was Christ’s command.
3. In commemmorating. the disciples were commanded not to forsake the Assembly (Heb. 10:25). That is how important it is. We must worship together; we must encourage one another; we must incite one another to noble living. When one neglects to meet with other Christians to worship God in honor of Christ, he not only endangers his own spiritual welfare, but he has “trampled under foot the Son of God.” This is a very strong term, which means, “to tread upon another, to tread down or under feet” (Arndt & Gingrich). Conquerors in that day literally trampled their enemies under foot. A victorious general would drag the vanquished, defeated leader of the enemy forces behind his chariot, and before a shouting multitude, step roughly and tread triumphantly upon the nape of his neck. Furthermore, one who is guilty of forsaking the Christian assembly has “counted the blood of the covenant wherewith He was sanctified an unholy thing.” He has treated the blood of Christ as common, and, therefore, with abuse and irreverence. The terms mean, “to desecrate, debase, defile, vulgarize.” It is to count common, cheap and ordinary the blood which redeemed Him.
4. I Corinthians 11:26, Paul tells Christians that “as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” To proclaim is to make known publicly. This is not for physical fulfillment but is for spiritual nourishment. How long are we to proclaim the Lord’s death? Paul tells us that it is “until He comes.” Since He has already come one time, this refers to His second coming.
5.We need to be careful how we partake of Communion. Paul goes on to tell them that it is possible to partake in an unworthy manner and therefore, be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. How would one be found guilty of the body and blood of the Lord? By eating and drinking in an unworthy manner. Examination is to be made by each of us each time we partake of this memorial. We are to guard our thoughts so as to partake of these representative emblems remembering Jesus and His death upon the cross for our sin. Paul in his writing states that many are weak and sickly in this matter, therefore, we today need to give heed so that we will not become such when we partake of the Lord’s Supper.
May it be Holy Communion for us as we next partake of the Communion in rememberance of Him.