And when he had giving 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 -1st Corinthians 11:24-25.
The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus on the night of His betrayal. On the first day of Unleavened Bread, as He and His disciples were eating the last Passover, Jesus announced that one of the twelve would betray Him. He then blessed and broke the bread and said, “Take, eat, this is my body”. Concerning the cup, He said, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
In the Old Testament, Passover commemorated the deliverance of the children of Israel, God’s people from Pharoah’s tyranny in Egypt. In the Bible, Egypt is a type or symbol of sin. The Israelites’ deliverance required the blood of a lamb. The Communion Table commemorates the Christian believer’s spiritual deliverance from the bondage of sin through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The New Testament Passover was instituted when the Lord shared His last meal with His disciples before His crucifixion. Jesus became the Sacrificial Lamb offered for mankind so that we could be delivered from Satan which could be the Pharoah of this world. Just as the children of Israel observe the Passover to celebrate their deliverance from slavery in Egypt, Christians observe Communion to celebrate deliverance from sin and its consequences, Communion is our Passover!
Taking Communion shouldn’t be taken as something without a meaning. it should be reverenced and appreciated. This is why the Pastor prays for the congregants before taking Communion. As a believer, we should take a self-examination of ourselves to see where we may have sinned against God’s Word or transgressed against a fellow-believer. Many times Communion is taken where the person is a practicing sinner while others are having unforgiveness and offenses in their heart and emotions. When we find an area where we have sinned against God’s Word, we should repent, meaning we will not continue in the sin. We shouldn’t be asking for forgiveness for the same sin each time we take Communion. Repent means a regret, a sorrow for sinning against God, it’s a turning away from the sin after asking for forgiveness.
If unforgiveness is in our hearts, we need to ask God to help us to forgive the person or persons who we have unforgiveness towards. If there’s an offense we need to check ourselves to see why the offense is still there and then release the person who has offended us. Communion is sacred, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. When we come together as a body of believers and there is disunity, envy, strife and other ungodly actions in the camp and we’re taking Communion it is not discerning the Lord’s body and it’s causing many to be weak, sickly and some die. Only the person and God know whats in a person heart or spirit; prayer should always take place before taking Communion by the Pastor and the individual.