Week 4 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was Matthew 21-26. These chapters speak mainly of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, signs of the end times, more of His parables, the last supper, His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, and His arrest.
During the last supper that Jesus shared with His disciples, the first communion took place. Communion is something that we as Christians still participate in today. Why do we do so? What is its meaning?
The purpose of communion is simply to provide a tangible reminder of what Christ has done for us. The cup represents His blood, which was poured out for our forgiveness (Matthew 26:28). The bread represents His body, which was broken for us. When we drink from the cup, it reminds us that it is by His blood that we are justified (Romans 5:9). John 6:51 says that His flesh was given for the life of the world. When we partake of the bread, we are reminded that we are healed by His wounds (Isaiah 53:5).
Jesus paid the price to redeem us. The punishment that should have been ours was upon Him. In Matthew 26, we catch a glimpse of the beginning of His sufferings. Verses 67- 68 say that He was slapped, spit on, and mocked. He went through this and more, ending with His death at the cross. Considering the price that He paid, how can we ever doubt that we have been forgiven, or question our acceptance before God, as long as we have received and believed in Him (John 1:14)? Let’s give thanks to our wonderful Redeemer!