Communion is a purposeful time for believers to stop and reflect together over what Jesus did for them on the cross. This happens as a community of Christians.
That’s actually where the name “communion” comes from. A community of believers having community with God through reflecting on what Jesus did for us.
According to the Bible, believers were instructed to partake of communion in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus that was broken and poured out at the Cross.
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner, He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” 1Cor. 11:23-26 NKJV
Taking communion is not only to remind us of His suffering but also points us to the vastness of Jesus’ love for us. That he would give himself completely, that we could, in turn, give ourselves completely to Him.
Scripture gives us some guidelines on how to do this. We are to do it as a body of believers and are to take it seriously. There are some strict warnings in the very next section of 1 Corinthians 11:27-34.
The “elements”, or pieces of communion, are a drink and a piece of bread. This is why communion is also called “The Lord’s Supper”. It’s a little meal!
The drink is supposed to be “fruit of the vine” (Matthew 26:26-30). This is why wine or grape juice is traditionally used.
The bread is typically unleavened bread. Leaven in the Bible often symbolizes evil. Using unleavened bread in communion is showing that we believe his body contained no evil.
For our communion, we need to remember the important part, which is remembering Jesus together as a community. It’s easy to get caught up in the pieces, but the ultimate piece is Jesus. You may have to use a juice box and a saltine or tortilla, AND THAT IS OK. Let’s just have community while remembering Jesus together.
Recipe for Unleavened Bread:
Turn oven to 350*
3 cups flour
½ cup sugar
¾ tsp salt
Add ½ cup of oil & let it ball up. Then add ½ to ¾ cup of water slowly. It is easiest to mix by hand
Roll out on a greased cookie sheet
Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown