Communion Communion I’ve taken communion many times before, and I knew what it represented, but until a few years ago it was, for me, really just a ritual. Something happened that time though that changed the way I will take communion again forever and I want to share with you my experience. Our pastor had gotten a message on communion a few years ago. I’m not sure I can relate it to you as he gave it to us but I will try. He said that the bread represented Christ’s body; His ‘Broken Body’. A body that was broken for our sins. Christ’s body was absolutely perfect; without blemish, without sin, and He took upon His perfect body All the sin and disease and sickness of mankind. He became sin for us, and took the punishment for those sins of ours upon His body. Every stripe He took on His body was to pay for a sin He did not committ Himself, but for the sin we committed.. He took on all the diseases and sicknesses of man that resulted from that sin in our lives as well and paid for it with His broken body. Each piece of bread at communion represents a piece of Christ’s broken body, a piece that was torn from His body so that we might be healed and forgiven. When you take that piece of bread into your body you are eating a piece of His body! Think of it like this: Jesus gave His entire body for our healing much like an organ donor gives an organ to save the life of another, only in Jesus’ case He did it while He was still alive! When an organ is donated it is usually the result of a terrible accident that took someone’s life, but Christ voluntarily gave His life up so that we could live! When you eat that piece of bread you are receiving a donation of life. When you take it into your body you name the sickness in your life and call that piece of Christ’s body the piece that you need to be whole, believe that it is what it represents and be healed! Next we talked about the wine which represents the blood of Christ. The bible tells us that blood is life. In other words the life force is contained in the blood. Now when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the garden their blood was contaminated with sin, and every man, woman and child born since then has received that contaminated blood in themselves. Everyone that is except Jesus. Jesus was born without sin, He was perfect from birth. His blood was pure. In order for us to be saved from death because of our contaminated blood Christ’s pure blood had to be spilled out upon the Earth. His blood changes ours; it makes our pure once again. When we take in that tiny amount of wine that represents His blood we are getting an infusion of pure blood; and infusion of life; Christ’s life. We are taking in the life force of Christ himself into our bodies. His very life now flows in our veins! The next time you take communion think about what you’ve read here. Really think about what you’re doing! It is not just a ritual. Christ asked us to do this in rememberance of Him and in remembering Him we must not forget to remember what He did for us on that cross. He was born to die so that we could live. If He hadn’t come and given His life we might not have even been born, or maybe we might have been born but we would have died much earlier because of the disease and sickness caused by our sins. He willingly gave His life up so that we could be here today. Like I said in the beginning, I have taken communion many times in the past and I knew all of this, but this time the reality of it all finally hit me. It hit me so hard in fact that I fell to the floor crying and begging forgiveness for the life I wasted so many years in selfish sin and shame. I owe my entire life to Christ, because He gave His life for me. He was executed because of me! Because I was a filthy sinner He suffered terrible punishment and death. He did it for you, too. I accepted Christ as my Saviour six years ago and I knew then that I had been forgiven, but when I take communion from now on I will remember the terrible price paid by Christ for that forgiveness, and I hope that you will too. I hope that if you are reading this and don’t know Christ as your personal Saviour that you will consider what He did on that cross and realize that He did it for you just the same as He did it for me. And I hope that you will take a minute to pray and ask for His forgiveness so that you too might saved from your sin and rescued from the torment of an eternity in hell.