Communion Transforms Us
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Our daily bread is not a symbol of mere earthly sustenance; it is true spiritual food, the real flesh and blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Communion is nourishment that transcends church walls and finds its power and its essence in the very workings of the Trinity itself.
When we receive Jesus during Communion and He takes up residence within us, it enables us to become more and more like Him. You and I become the body of Christ because it now houses Christ's soul after consecration from the bread and wine—Christ’s body and blood.
Paul wrote, “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). We are to become who we receive.
The Power of Remembrance
Remember the things I have done for you in the past. For I am God, and there is no one like Me. From the very beginning, I told what would happen long before it took place. I keep My word and fulfill my promises. I know the end from the beginning. (Isaiah 46:9-10)
When we take Communion, it reminds us exactly who God is. He is the awesome God, the Alpha and Omega. He is sovereign. He is in control. Remembering is important to God. It means to rehearse, replay, recount, His ways and who He is to us. It helps us remember how He was been faithful throughout history but also more importantly, on a personal level. This remembrance is commanded. Participation at the Lord's Table is not an option. It isn't enough simply to say, “Remember!”
The elements of bread and wine are given to stir our minds and hearts. The physical action of eating and drinking is designed to remind us that we spiritually “ingest” the saving benefits Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It reminds us of our utter dependence on Jesus. Perhaps now more than any other time in history, we need this reminder in our homes.
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