In Luke 22 we see Jesus setting in place what has become known in the church as communion.
We see Him giving His followers bread and wine as a symbol of His body and blood.
We read a passage telling His disciples what this was for; it was an act of remembrance.
Communion is about (and only about) remembering Jesus.
It is a time to focus on Him and it is not a time to focus on our ourselves or on our sin.
I briefly taught on this passage in Luke 22 before communion last Sunday and I had a brother quite new to the fellowship come up to me afterwards with a wide smile on his face.
“I always knew deep down that communion should not be about sin, now I understand what it is for”, was his opening remarks.
He said he enjoyed communion this time, looking to Jesus instead of his sin as he was asked to do in previous churches.
I could see that in a little way this brother had been set free, he had been changed as his understanding about a Biblical truth was corrected.
Communion is a time to remember the sacrifice and great victory of Jesus over sin and death.
It is not a time to look at our sin; this will only result in grief and condemnation.
Communion is a time for celebration not condemnation.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for communion, a time to focus on that great work”.
Luke 22 v 19…..And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, saying, This is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me