‘Do this in remembrance of Me.’
This banner represents the best-known sacrament of the Christian Church: communion. The bread and the grapes to make up the wine represents the earthly realm. They sit against a backdrop of pale blue, which represents the spiritual or heavenly realm. Communion is a meeting, an intersection of these two domains.
Jesus, at Passover, directed His disciples to remember Him through communion by taking of the sustaining and nurturing food symbols of unleavened bread and wine. Out of the loving sacrificial provision of His life and His body, the Lord, our Redeemer, gave Himself, the Bread of Life, to become our ever available and present salvation.
The Wine, symbolic of the sacrificial cup that our LORD and Saviour accepted by the outpouring of His blood, was used at Passover to represent the fullness of the blessing of salvation, which was destined to cover the entire life of His disciples. In thankfulness and fellowship through communion, we reach out to Jesus to receive of His irreplaceable provision.
Name of the LORD:
YHWH Goelekh The Lord Your Redeemer
Communion finds its roots in the Passover feast where God's people remember their deliverance and redemption to be called God's people. The story is found in Exodus 12:27 and Exodus 13:3-5.
Communion is one of only two ceremonies that Jesus modelled for us as outlined in Matthew 26:26-29, Luke 22:19. Paul then passed on “what he had received from the Lord” in 1 Corinthians 11:25.
First Corinthians 11:18-34 teaches us that when we participate in communion, we must consider the other people around us and partake of it in a worthy manner. It is a way of refocusing our attention back the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaiming His death and return. (1 Corinthians 11:24-26) and is a good opportunity to examine our relationship with God and others (1 Corinthians 11:28-29, 31-32).
Genesis 14:18 shows that bread and wine have been related to blessing since the days of Abram and Melchizedek King of Salem. They take on a parallel symbolism not just as important food items, but the bread and wine of life. Judges 19:19.
Small amounts of bread were used in several miracles to feed people and reveal God working. 2 Kings 4:42-44, 2Kings 17:7-24, John 6:5-13. The bread often denotes unleavened bread metaphorically representing holiness and spiritual purity, sincerity and truth . (1 Corinthians 5:7,8).
Jesus says that He alone is the Bread of Life. John 6:35.
Genesis 1:29-30 and Psalm 104:14, 15 states that wine is a gift from God and that He is even involved in providing the conditions for food and wine to grow. (also Matthew 5:45).
Wine was commonly used in Old Testament sacrifices. Numbers 28:14, Leviticus 23:13. Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding in Canna as described in John 2:1-11. In New Testament times it seems wine was used medicinally (or else the water was REALLY bad!!!) (1 Timothy 5:23)
The Bible warns against the abuse of wine which is drunkenness in Ephesians 5:18, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Peter 4:3 and encourages us to consider other people's reaction to our drinking and whether or not it would become a stumbling block to them in Romans 14:20-21.
However Psalm 4:7 says that having a relationship with God is better than anything wine or food has to offer.
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