You are not alone if you have ever wondered why at some faith gatherings, Christians eat a small piece of bread and drink some grape juice or wine. This tradition is known as communion, and it is not about the food consumed; it’s focused on the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Communion has existed for thousands of years, and Christians take part in this practice in purposeful recognition of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross to save humanity (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
When the believer eats the bread, it is in remembrance of Jesus’ body, and the wine signifies the blood of Jesus. Recalling the great things Jesus did for humankind is significant, and believers are cautioned about taking communion thoughtlessly in 1 Corinthians 11:27-31. We should not partake in communion ritually without thinking about the suffering of Jesus. Instead, it is the ideal time to intentionally recollect what Jesus did for us and how he has brought us closer to the God the Father (1 Peter 3:18) and given us hope for the future (John 10:10).
Jesus Christ suffered for the righteous and for the unrighteous – read 1 Peter 3:18
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