14. The BREAKING of BREAD
Question and answer: “Did the disciples use white sliced bread?”
In all probability no, but that’s not the point. Jesus wanted us to remember His death and resurrection regularly. That is why we celebrate communion. We remember that He gave His body and shed His blood, so that we could be saved.
Fact: The breaking of bread is also known as the Lord’s Supper or communion. Communion means common union. As Christians we have a common union with other believers and Jesus Himself. The Lord’s Supper is called a sacrament.
Luke 22:19-20 ‘Jesus took bread, gave thanks and gave it to them, saying “This is My body broken for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Like wise He also took the cup after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you”’
Some churches have communion once a week and others have it once a month. Some churches use bread rolls, sliced loaf, wine or juice.
Wisdom: It is not what you use that is important, but that you partake of this sacrament in remembrance of Jesus, and proclaim His death until He comes again.
We need to heed the warnings in 1 Corinthians 11:26-31 regarding the Lord's Supper. We are not meant to partake of it in an unworthy manner, as we could become sick or even die! Don’t panic; just follow the guidelines that teach us not to come to the table unless we are right with God. Ask yourself: Is there anyone I need to forgive? Have I confessed my sin?
Fact: Most people can be tired, sick or die of natural causes.
Think: Am I right with God and with my fellow man?
Jesus knew how forgetful we could be; we even forget birthdays, dentist appointments and anniversaries. By regularly taking communion we cannot forget what Jesus has done for us nor what it cost Him.
More Info: Matthew 5:23-24, 18:21-22, Luke 24:27-32, John 6:35,50,51, John 19:34, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 1 John 1:5-9.
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