Why Is Communion So Important?

To understand how important this meal was, we need to do a short Bible overview. Genesis 1-2 tells us that God created us to rule, multiply and enjoy life in the Garden of Eden for His glory. However, in Genesis 3, Eve and Adan sinned and they were kiked out from this perfect place. In Genesis 12, God promises to Abraham to give him decendents who would live in a kind of new Garden of Eden, the promised land. Abraham great-grandson, Joseph, ends up in Egypt, instead of in the promise land, and his people became slaves there for more than 400 years.

 

When people had no more hope in God and His promise, he called Moses and told him to ask Paraoh, a kind of king in Egypt, to free more than one million Hebrews. As you might have realised, to free this number of people would result in a economic crisis in Egypt so Paraoh had no intention to relise his slaves. If that was not enogh, God harden Paraoh’s heart so he wouldn’t be able to grant Moses request. God then sendes plagues to Egypt. After nine attemps, Paraoh was still convinced that God’s people should remain as his slaves. But God was about to send a plage that would change his mind and soften his heart.

 

Moses meets Paraoh and says that unless he let God’s people to go, at midnight, every Egyptian’s oldest son and all male animals that wew born first to their mothers would die. Paraoh didn’t listen to Moses. God then instructed Moses to tell the people that the only way to escape this plague was to take a perfect lamb, kill it and put the blood the door-posts of their houses so death could pass over them. On the other day, all first borns of the Egipicians all died and Paraoh finally allowed God’s people to go to the promisse land.

 

Since then, Jews celebrate Passover as a holy event in which they are reminded the time when God spared their lives from the plague of physical death and brought them out of slavery in Egypt.

 

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What was the most memorable meal you ever had? Can you also remember where you had it, when you had and even who prepared it? Why was it so memorable? Was it the tast? Was it the people who were with you? Let me share with you a story about the most memorable meal I ever had. 

When I was a child, during school holiday, my family used to visit my grandparents who lived by the beach. It was an amazing place to spend the day in the water but also to get to know exotic people. The town was very close to an indigenous tribe who allowed tourists to visit them. I loved to interact with them. One day, I was invited to have a meal with a group of people who lived locally. I always loved food so I couldn’t refuse the invitation. As soon as we started to eat, I realised they were very interested in my opinion regarding the food. They constantly asked me if I was enjoying the meal. The meal was so good that I couldn’t stop eating to answer but just nod my head.

When we all finished, I was asked, one more time, whether I liked the food or not. I then said that it was certainly one of the best meal I ever had, mainly because of the meat. I then asked the cook what kind of meat we had and she asked me to guess. I said, “cow meat”. She replied, “not really! The rest of the meat is still in the fridge, go to the kitchen and find out”. When I opened the fridge, I saw the head of a monkey staring at me.

That was certanlly an unforgettable meal, right? After that day, I learned an important lesson. When it comes to food, we need to understand before proceeding.

The Bible is full of stories involving meals. The Lord’s Supper, also know as Communion, is the most memorable meal in the Bible but many Christians have no idea why. Communion is a meal of a great importance but we need to understand before proceeding. In other words, we need to fully understand it before having it.

In this talk, I would like to look at Mark 14, verses 12-26, to help us to understand why Communion is so important for Christians. My hope is that by the end of it, we all can not only understand its importance but have it with you. Let me share with you the first reason.

  1. Communion points us to God’s old covenamnt with his people (12-16)

Before we look at verses 12 to 26, we need to understand the context of this passage. Mark says, in verses 1 and 2, that the religious leaders had already a plan in place to arrest and kill Jesus. In verses 3 till 9, a woman prepares Jesus’ body for his death, by anointing him with an expenseve kind of perfume. In verses 10 and 11, Judas agrees to betray Jesus promising the religious leaders that he would lead them to Jesus. In Chapter 14, Mark reports a series of remarkable events about Jesus’ final moments on Earth. However, from verses 12 to 16, he reports about the preparation of Jesus last meal, something that doesn’t seem too remarkable.  

Why was the meal so important that Mark had to record it? 

To understand how important this meal was, we need to do a short Bible overview. Genesis 1-2 tells us that God created us to rule, multiply and enjoy life in the Garden of Eden for His glory. However, in Genesis 3, Eve and Adan sinned and they were kiked out from this perfect place. In Genesis 12, God promises to Abraham to give him decendents who would live in a kind of new Garden of Eden, the promised land. Abraham great-grandson, Joseph, ends up in Egypt, instead of in the promise land, and his people became slaves there for more than 400 years.

When people had no more hope in God and His promise, he called Moses and told him to ask Paraoh, a kind of king in Egypt, to free more than one million Hebrews. As you might have realised, to free this number of people would result in a economic crisis in Egypt so Paraoh had no intention to relise his slaves. If that was not enogh, God harden Paraoh’s heart so he wouldn’t be able to grant Moses request. God then sendes plagues to Egypt. After nine attemps, Paraoh was still convinced that God’s people should remain as his slaves. But God was about to send a plage that would change his mind and soften his heart.

Moses meets Paraoh and says that unless he let God’s people to go, at midnight, every Egyptian’s oldest son and all male animals that wew born first to their mothers would die. Paraoh didn’t listen to Moses. God then instructed Moses to tell the people that the only way to escape this plague was to take a perfect lamb, kill it and put the blood the door-posts of their houses so death could pass over them. On the other day, all first borns of the Egipicians all died and Paraoh finally allowed God’s people to go to the promisse land.

Since then, Jews celebrate Passover as a holy event in which they are reminded the time when God spared their lives from the plague of physical death and brought them out of slavery in Egypt.

Communion points us to God’s old covenamnt with his people but also…

  1. Communion points us to God’s new covenamnt with his people (17-26)

From verse 17, Mark continues to report a lot of remarkable things. Jesus says, in verse 18, that one of his disiciples is going to betray him. In verse 30, Jesus says Peter was going to deny him three times before sunrise. But what really calls our attention is how Jesus celebrates the Passover. As we read from verse 22 till 25, we realised that Jesus was not celebrating Passover as the Jews used to celebrate. Jesus shares the bread with them and says that is his body and offered some wine and says that wine is his blood.

Why did Jesus change the way they celebrated the Passover? What was he trying to say?

During the Last Supper with His apostles, Jesus took two symbols associated with Passover, bread and wine, and used them with fresh meaning. Let me expalain it.

Since Adam and Eve sinned, human beings are born with a kind of spiritual virus, called sin, that infect our minds and hearts. This virus turn us into some sort of spiritual zombies. Think about them for a second. Zombies are creatures who seem to be alive but they are dead. They wander aimlessly and are basically controlled by their fleshly desires. They are slaves to their dead state of mind and being.

In the same way, before Christ in our lives, we were controlled by our flesh, by our worldly desires and we were slaves to our own lusts and passions. We couldn’t help but follow all our desires. Not free to do whatever we want, but slaves controlled by what we want. Only with a new heart and mind we can be healed. We needed a heart and mind transplant. Let me illustrate it.

My father in law was someone full of life but one day his doctor told him that both of his kidneys were not working propely. Soon he began his treatment, spending hours every week on a kidney dialysis machine. The man who was full of life and energy, became a depressing person who suffered chronic fatigue and blackouts. People around him could already see that he had lost his smile. They could see him dying before their eyes. Only a transplant could give him life.

Although, that was a sad period in my father in law family, something beautiful happened. Different from may people on the same condition, he didn’t have to be added on a donor’s waiting list to receive another kedney. One of his brothers, decided to save his life by donating a kidney to my father in law. After the transplant, my father in law became a man full of life again.

In very similar way, we were sinners dying in our sins. However, God decided to send a donor to save our lives. He sacrificed himself for us by dying in our place. He sent His only son, Jesus, to save us from hell by paying for our sins, as a sacrifice on the cross. That’s is why we celebrate Communion. Jesus gave us his body and blood as a donor who chooses to lose something important to save someone important. We celebrate Communion to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Communion is a great reminder that points us to God’s old and new covenant with his people.

Conclusion

In the past, we were all slaves of sin just like the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt. The Hebrews needed a saviour who could free them in the same way we need a spiritual saviour who can free us from sin. A lamb and its blood were the mean of salvation for the Hebrews and Jesus body and blood the mean today for our salvation. Physical death pass over the Hebrews in Egypt and spiritual death pass over those saved by Jesus.

Communion is a great reminder of whom we were in the past, sinners heading to hell with Satan, and whom we are now, new creatures heading to Heaven with Christ. We, Christians, were all zombies, dead in sin but now new creatures changed through the sacrifice of a donor who gave us his body and blood for free. We, Christians, were all slaves of sin in need of a saviour who freed us through a sacrifice so powerful that death couldn’t hold.  

By know you might have understood what communion is and how serious it is to take part of it. If you are follower of Jesus search your heart to see how your relationship with Jesus and your brothers and sister in Christ is before taking communion. If you are not a follower of Jesus, I urge you to give your life to him today and join the church family by taking communion, an important and memorable meal.

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