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Have you ever done something so often and for so many years that you forget the significance? The routine act becomes regular, and the eternal implications are forgotten?

The act of “taking communion” is an esteemed sacrament in the Christian church, but let us never forget the beauty and weight of what we are doing and proclaiming at the table of communion.

Communion is not a religious act, or any sort of magic formula, but it is a holy affair. It is a time of remembering Jesus, repentance, and rejoicing.

Christ told us to remember Him while we take communion. 

In 1 Corinthians chapter 11, it reads: “…The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

When we eat the bread, we are remembering the body of Christ broken for us.

Jesus described Himself to His followers as the Bread of Life and the true bread from heaven, implying that JESUS is the sustenance, provision, and nourishment to our souls. 

In the book of John chapter 1, God tells us that “the WORD became flesh and dwelt among us.” So Christ is God’s physical manifestation of THE WORD. The Word is our Bread of Heaven.

Let us live, move, and breathe based on what the WORD has declared to us. Our true identity, our true calling is based on God’s word alone. 

When we drink from the cup of communion, we are remembering the blood of Christ shed for us.

Hebrews 9:21 says, “According to the law almost everything is purified by blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

I will paraphrase here, but also in Hebrews chapter 9, it says: ‘For if the blood of goats and bulls… sanctify... how much more will the blood of Christ purify us… Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant.’

The old hymn says it so perfectly: “Oh, What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

The blood of Christ was shed for ALL, that all might come, but I want to point out that it was shed for each one, YOU, personally and individually. His love is extravagant toward YOU. 

As I type this, I feel like the Lord is saying, “Tell my girls I want them to remember Me, because I want them to know how much I think on THEM. Daughter, I will leave the 99 sheep in the pasture and I will pursue you, for you are Mine.”

This is remembering Jesus, as He always remembers us.

Communion is also a time of repentance.

We have been created for deep fellowship with God. In the garden of Eden, there was no separation, no darkness, no doubt, and no fear between God and His creation. This type of relationship is how our souls were designed to function.

Yet when sin entered the world, the unending communion for which we were created was broken, and in its place was put a longing. The longing we feel is for restoration of this relationship, to return back to intimacy with God. 

The way has been provided, but repentance is required.

Dave Harvey said this: "We must not ignore our sin, because it is the very context where the gospel shines the brightest."

We will never tire of our need for Jesus’ body and blood, the Word and His saving. Taking communion is a way for us to declare in our own hearts that we need Him.

Here we must realize repentance is a GIFT. There is never shame in repentance. Guilt is attached to sin, but when we come to the alter, we are gifted the opportunity to lay all of that down. We cast down our guilt and shame, and in return we pick up the grace of God. His Grace is available right now, wherever you are.

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Taking communion is a way for us to declare in our own hearts that we need Him.

Finally, communion is a time of rejoicing.

The act of taking communion is life and health to our souls. When we come into alignment with the truth and freedom of Christ, we are filled with joy! We are redeemed! We are daughters of the Most High God! This is cause for rejoicing!

Christ’s work on the cross is complete, so we may come boldly to the throne. Christ is the new covenant of grace, and now we are restored back into communion with God the Father.

Communion is a time to Remember, Repent, and Rejoice.

Communion is a holy moment. Thank you Jesus for your body, and your blood. We will not let this sacrament pass by lightly.

How does this simple yet profound act of taking communion inspire you today? Would you share with a friend, or in the comments? 

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About Marianne Sloan

Marianne Sloan is passionate about Jesus, her family, and living simply, intentionally, and with great joy. She has found that there is no greater life fulfillment than following hard after the God who has created her, knows her by name, and who loves her. The wife to Luke, and mama to four, Marianne and her family live in beautiful Tennessee. She is a homeschool-mom, web-designer, and nature-lover. Spending her days raising and teaching her four littles keeps her hands full, but when she's not mothering, working or teaching, she loves to read, write, garden, and run. You can connect with Marianne on her BLOG {www.mariannemsloan.com} and INSTAGRAM {@marianne_sloan}.

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