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Holy Communion is one of the Christian rituals every believer must not joke with. Among the few of what Jesus asked us to do in remembrance of Him is the Holy Communion. Why would Jesus ask us to do it in remembrance of Him? What did Jesus always want us to remember about Him? Jesus gave the answer
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“And the cup in like manner after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, even that which is poured out for you.” Luk 22:20 ASV

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Jesus didn’t just want us to remember that He came to earth, He wanted us to always be reminded of the new covenant. He wants us to have the consciousness of the salvation He has given us! Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:26 ASV

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“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord’s death till he come.” 

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It means that as often as we engage in the holy communion, we are reaffirming what the death of Jesus had accomplished in us. Holy communion doesn’t get us saved, it assures us that we are saved.

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We can be confident of our salvation. Jesus gave us the sacrament of Eucharist —to provide visible assurances that he has provided us with his grace and that He is with us always. Jesus is the focus of communion for He said “do this in remembrance of me”. When we take communion, it reminds us of the finished work and it also reminds us that we are now one with Christ!

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That is why Jesus encouraged us to always participate in holy communion! By our participant in the communion, we are reminding ourselves about Jesus, about the finished work and that we have become one with Him. We are also reminded that God’s grace is not something we have thrown away! We can either accept God’s grace by believing in Jesus or we reject it by doubting the finished work of Christ.

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Holy communion reminds us of who we are, it reminds us to live godly lives since we have been made one with Christ. We shouldn’t disappoint God by living a life that doesn’t belong to us! The life of sin doesn’t belong to us. Some Christians assume that communion saves us from sin or cleanse us from sin but that is not what the Bible says. Commuion signifies that we have already been saved from sin and that we have been made one with Christ. The only requirement for salvation is to believe the gospel and accept it! Holy communion is an act of worship which assures us with same words written in Isaiah 53:5 AMP

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“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.” 

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So, it was for our sins that He was wounded and the punishments that would have been met on us fell on Him! He carried the burden of our sins so that we can live! By that action, sinful people who believes automatically becomes righteous in God’s sight! And whatever God says is true, if He declares you righteous, you are very righteous!

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Holy communion also reminds us of the life we have received! The Bible says in John 6:35

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“Jesus replied to them, “ I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually].” – JHN 6:35 AMP

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The bread we break in church signifies the body of Christ that was broken for us and Jesus declares that the moment we eat of this bread, we will never go hungry again! What does it mean to eat of that bread? It means to believe in Jesus as the savior and to receive Him! Often times, Jesus refers to Himself as the bread of life or the water of life and sometimes He declares He is the life! In other instances, He declares He is the giver of life! And yes… He gave His life for our sake and we receive it by believing the gospel! 

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This is the beautiful thing that communion reminds us of! Next time you eat communion in church, always be glad that His body was broken for you and His blood shed for you! Always be glad that you have an assurance for your salvation!

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