Good evening CommunionConnection family, I pray you are blessed. It is time for our Wednesday edition of the The Weekly Communion blog. In today’s post we will look at the elements that make up communion. If this is basic for you, I apologize. There is, however, a great many different ideas surrounding communion so I would like to set out some basic teaching on the subject.
The first of two is the bread, the element that represents the Lord’s body. In 1 Corinthians:11 it is written that 23…took bread; 24 and when he had broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Again in John 6:47-51 Jesus says that He is the living bread from heaven, the bread is His flesh, and eating this bread will cause you to have eternal life.
There are a great many breads available for us, especially if you are reading this here in America. We are abounding in options. This is the one guideline that I use for choosing a bread to use for communion.
I prefer to always choose a bread without leaven for two reasons. First, when Jesus gave His discourse on taking bread it was at the Passover feast. During Passover they would have been eating food that had no leaven. We know this based on Exodus 12:8 …and they shall eat it with unleavened bread. The very killing and eating of the lamb was a prophecy of the Lamb of God to come. The second is based on Jesus warning His disciples about the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees in Matthew 16:6. That is a source of religion that works it’s way into you and affects your whole relationship with the Lord. Neither of these two points are points of contention but guidelines that I follow. My friend Ann Vibbert makes amazing banana and zucchini bread, however, communion is not the time for that.
The next element is the juice. Again in 1 Corinthians 25-26 we see …”This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this in remembrance of Me.” We also see in John 6:48-58 that in addition to eating his flesh (the bread), we are urged to drink his blood (the juice).
One of the single greatest arguments that surround the cup of the Lord is whether or not to use wine or juice? Again, I have guidelines for communion based on scripture. In our initial Passover text we see that leaven was not allowed. Just as with the lamb, the blood on the doorposts is a prophecy of the blood Jesus would spill. No leaven, no ability to make wine. Once again, drawing from our text in Matthew 16:6 we see Jesus warning us about the yeast of religious systems.
The Bible is full of warnings against drunkenness, and priests as well as leaders are called to live to a high standard. What degree of leadership you are called to is not really the question here, but this one thing is sure, the Lord calls us all to be a kingdom of priests in 1 Peter 2:9. As a leader and pastor I teach and live in the belief that alcohol is not a part of my walk with the Lord.
These two are the basis of taking communion. The bread and the juice, the taking of the elements. For me as a pastor and leader this constitutes an unleavened bread such as matzo and a regular grape juice. I continue to pray you will join me in making a CommunionConnection. If you check out my the resources page I will have a couple of products that can make it easier for you or your group to take communion. God bless. Josh