“While they were eating, Jesus took some bread and thanked God for it and broke it. Then he gave it to his followers and said, ‘Take it; this is my body.’ Then Jesus took a cup and thanked God for it and gave it to the followers, and they all drank from the cup. Then Jesus said, ‘This is my blood which is the new agreement that God makes with his people. This blood is poured out for many. I tell you the truth, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine again until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’” – Mark 14:22-25
It is important to understand the significance of Holy Communion. Paul warns if anyone participates in Holy Communion in an unworthy manner, the person will be judged guilty because it is a sin (1 Corinthians 11:27). That is why not everyone should participate in Holy Communion. Holy Communion is a special meal that is a sign of Christ's presence among His people. It is also a sign of God’s new covenant for the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, it is not meant for everyone to participate in. If anyone does, it should be done in a holy manner.
Paul was not discriminating against people, but was referring to the Christians in the Corinthian church who were not treating Holy Communion as a sacred ordinance that Jesus established. They were acting in ungodly ways; some were getting drunk and not sharing the food they had with others (1 Corinthians 11:19-22). Instead of remembering Jesus’ sacrifice, they were treating Holy Communion as a means of self-gratification and causing division among the church members.
The same goes for church members today. We need to remember that Jesus’ death came with a price. Therefore, Holy Communion should be taken seriously and in a respectful way and not be misused or neglected in any sort of way.
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
Before Jesus died, He gave His disciples a way to remember Him. It is through communion that we can remember Him and the covenant You made with Your people. Thank you for allowing us to remember what You and Jesus did for us. You saved us from death and gave us a new life in Christ. That is a great reason to praise You and give You honor with our lips in prayer. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen!