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Matthew 26:26–29 NKJV
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
I want to mention 3 things that we do at Communion...

1. We remember Christ’s sacrifice

Luke 22:19 NKJV
19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
Two components:
His body
His blood

A. His body given for us...

i. A demonstration of His love...

Ephesians 5:25 NKJV
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
It has been said that it was love that kept Jesus on the cross, and that is certainly true!

ii. Freedom from the law

Romans 7:4 NKJV
4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
The “law” here is the law of Moses in the Old Testament. 613 commandments which can be subdivided in three sections:
Ritual laws i.e. laws pertaining to sacrifices, Sabbaths, festivals, diet and clothing
Judicial laws i.e. statutes pertaining to the governing of the nation e.g. how crime is to be punished, property laws etc.
Eternal laws i.e. the unchanging moral standards of God. E.g. not lying, not stealing, not committing adultery, loving your neighbour as yourself, loving God with all your heart soul mind and strength.
The body of Jesus on the cross set us free from the ritual and judicial laws. But what about God’s eternal laws? They have become part of the new covenant, and we walk in them by living in the power of the the Holy Spirit...
Romans 8:4 NKJV
4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Romans 7:6 NKJV
6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
Also, through Jesus’ body given for us, we are...

iii. Healed from the a lifestyle of sin

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
Titus 2:14 NKJV
14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

B. His blood shed for us...

i. Forgiveness

Matthew 26:28 NKJV
28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

ii. Faithfulness

Matthew 26:28 NKJV
28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Note: “covenant” - solemn binding agreement. God will be faithful
Philippians 1:6 NKJV
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
So, at communion, we remember Christ’s sacrifice. But also...

2. We remember that we are Christ’s body

1 Corinthians 10:17 NKJV
17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
We will all be partaking of one loaf. That’s is important. It represents the fact that we are one body.
This reminds us of the following...

A. You have a function

Every part of your body has a purpose / function. The church the body of Christ, and you are part of that body. Therefore, you have a function!
Romans 12:4–6 NKJV
4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

B. We should all care for one another

1 Corinthians 12:25–26 NKJV
25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

C. Relationships matter

Colossians 3:15 NKJV
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 NLT
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
So, at communion, we remember Christ’s sacrifice and we remember that we are one body. But also...

3. We look forward to Christ’s coming

Matthew 26:29 NKJV
29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
Philippians 3:20–21 NKJV
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
Before you partake, it is important to examine yourself...
1 Corinthians 11:28–31 NKJV
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
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