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Today’s Truth

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. (I Corinthians 11:23b-25 NIV)

Friend to Friend

I haven’t been inside my church since March 2020. COVID-19. Enough said.

My heart (which resides inside my extroverted body) aches deeply. I’ve missed corporate worship; I’ve missed the energy of the assembled body of Christ responding to the spirit-led teaching of my pastor; I’ve missed the before and after church conversations in the lobby—but what I’ve been especially missing was taking Communion!

Many months into our “church at home” routine I finally confessed to my husband my longing to take part in the sacrament of Holy Communion again. He replied quite matter-of-factly, “So then let’s take communion after church service tomorrow.” Sunday morning, I walked into the kitchen to find my precious hubby filling small glasses with a bit of red wine and placing out some broken pieces of unleavened crackers on a plate. My soul exhaled with contented anticipation.

Depending upon your individual church denomination, you may refer to this biblical ritual of Holy Communion simply as Communion, or maybe as The Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist. Whichever term you use, its origin comes from the final meal which the Lord Jesus and his disciples shared the night of his arrest.

The apostle Paul recounts Jesus’ instruction to “do this” in I Corinthians 11:23b-25:

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.

The Last Supper which Jesus ate on earth happened to be the Passover meal. This would have required all the bread accompanying the meal to be of the non-leavened kind (to remind those eating it of the haste of their ancestor’s exodus from Egypt). Also, on the table, according to Jewish tradition, would have been four cups of wine, representing four promises the Lord Almighty gave to his people recorded in Exodus 6:6-7:

  1. “I will bring you out from the land of the Egyptians…”
  2. “I will deliver you from slavery…”
  3. “I will redeem you…”
  4. “I will take you as my own people…”

While we don’t know for certain which cup of wine in the sequence, Jesus lifted up, blessed, and passed around, my best sleuthing rests on that it was the fourth, “I will take you as my own people…” cup. I have come to this (semi-certain) conclusion based on Mark 14:26 which tells us this piece of information which occurred immediately after the meal was finished: “When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Again, according to rabbinical tradition, it is after partaking of this forth cup, the hallel, that Jews participate in the reciting and singing of Psalms and hymns. All this to say that when we “do this in remembrance of Him, we are to be reminded that Jesus will, indeed, take us as His own people—or to put it another way— “I have gone to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2-3)

That Sunday, and many Sundays since, my husband and I have come together in our home to “eat this bread and drink this wine.” We do it in remembrance of Jesus.

Have you been missing participating in communion because you, like me, have been “attending” church from home? Or, maybe, given the infectious times we’re in, your church has decided to indefinitely postpone gathering around the Communion Table, or passing the elements. If so, consider joining me and the worldwide community of believers in honoring the Lord’s wishes by participating in this most sacred rite, because partaking in Communion brings us into communion with our Savior.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I acknowledge Your death on the cross—the wounding of your flesh and the pouring out of your blood—as a propitiation for my sins. Thank you that your ultimate sacrifice brought me the ultimate reward, eternal life. May I be acutely aware of this transaction whenever I take part in Holy Communion.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn: If it’s been a while since you’ve taken Communion, prepare to take it at home this week following your church service. You certainly don’t need to use red wine. A bit of red-colored juice is a perfectly suitable substitute. But I do encourage you to use some yeast-free bread or matzah-type cracker—for authenticity.

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6 Responses to “Do This”

  1. Veronica Crawford says:

    I’m so grateful that our church began to make communion elements available safely on Saturdays. What a blessing….For as often as we do this…

  2. Diann O'Neal says:

    Yes, the ordinance of communion is so heartfelt in remembrance of our Lord and Savior! Awesome devotional! Our church will be observing communion on this Sunday!

  3. carol says:

    Lisa: Thank you so much for this devotional posting.
    You have hit the mark for me, also. Last weekend, was the milestone mark, of my last stepping into my church sanctuary, one year ago.
    I’ve been watching church services on line, doing what I can for my church care team from a distance. I was actually, feeling the pressure of lonely solitude, of not being there, in person.
    Thank you for the information regarding Communion. Even if I have my own private Communion at home, it helps to reconnect in a way that I wasn’t aware of, until now.
    Blessings in the Lord, to you and your family.

  4. Kristin says:

    My heart was also aching for communion. My on-line church observed communion together and that was helpful. I recognize different areas of the country and different people have different needs during this difficult to navigate health situation. I actually switched churches to one that is worshipping in person, socially distanced and masked, but with a fellowship of believers. We each need to pray for the Lord’s guidance. He calls each of us to a personal relationship. Thank you, Lisa, for showing that relationship can manifest in many ways during this unprecedented time.

  5. Cathy says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I too have so passionately missed gathering with my church family in person! The services have been live streamed and I’ve been very grateful, however, it is definitely not the same. For a few minutes each week we do partake together of our Lord’s supper to remind us of His ultimate gift and sacrifice. It’s a special time together. I look forward to seeing my bothers and sisters face to face!
    In His Love,
    Cathy

  6. Patricia says:

    I belong to a Baptist church. We only observe communion once a year. But along with the unleavened bread and wine (grape juice, we do not drink alcohol) we also complete the communion service as instructed in Gods Holy Word with the “washing of the saints feet”! If you have never participated in a foot washing service, you have missed out on a beautiful, humble experience. We divide into men and ladies, so that men wash men’s feet and women wash women’s feet. John 13:14 If then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:17. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. And we sure are happy! We have a wonderful blessed time!

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