Communion is a special observance for all believers. Each time we take communion it transports us to the last Passover Jesus had on Earth and His instruction to repeat it.
Why is it important for us to remember Passover?
What does God want us to proclaim and declare through the celebration of the Passover feast?
What is so special about celebrating communion?
Let’s answer these 3 critical questions.
Passover is about Jesus’ Blood
After giving thanks for the bread, Jesus broke it and said to his disciples,
“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner, He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.1 Corinthians 11:24-26
The blood is crucial. Jesus’ blood is the new covenant. The Bible says that without shedding of blood there is no remission, or forgiveness, of sin (Hebrews 9:22). Prior to this new covenant, the priest had to enter the Holy of Holies once a year to atone for his sins and the sins of the people.
Jesus is the Passover Lamb. When He gave himself at the cross, He atoned for the sins of the world. After Jesus’ sacrifice, there was no longer the need for continued animal sacrifices.
Passover is about Jesus’ Death
Jesus offered himself ONCE, not as the priest who had to enter the Holy of Holies once every single year to atone for the sins of the people. If Jesus had entered as a mortal priest,
He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.Hebrews 9:26-28
Jesus dreaded the death He was about to die. He was in so much anguish that He sweated blood (Luke 22:44), a condition called, “hematidrosis” which occurs when a person is in extreme anguish.
He begged God the Father for another way!
“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”Matthew 26:39
There was no other way. Jesus’ death had to happen so that we can have life. Each time we take communion, we proclaim the death of Jesus.
How often should we proclaim Jesus’ death? As often as we can.
Jesus’ Death is about Salvation and Healing
Communion is special to me. It was through personal communion that I received my healing from migraines I suffered for over 17 years. My doctor had me do MRI’s and CAT scans to determine the cause of the migraines. The results came back normal. After trying different medications with no sign of improvement, she referred me to a neurologist.
Each time I went to my appointments I came out less hopeful of ever getting rid of the migraines. The doctor explained that the migraines could go away or they could increase when I reach menopause. The dosage was increased at each visit.
God forbid I missed taking the medication the night before as I retired for bed! Unfortunately, I did forget from time to time. I would pay a hefty price the next day. It would throw me off. I was lightheaded and felt sick overall. I could not function, focus or do my daily activities. After about a year of taking the medication, I woke up one morning and said to myself, “I’ve had it!” And I decided to stop the medication immediately and go cold turkey!
Something in me led me to do communion by myself. Back then my relationship with the Holy Spirit was not as vibrant. Today, I know that “something” is the Holy Spirit who led me. I started doing communion by myself every morning. My first week without the medication was HELL! I had the worse throbbing headaches imaginable. Every step I took was painful. I could not function. Despite my miserable state, I continued to press through claiming and declaring my healing. We then started doing it as a family on Fridays during dinner.
My daily personal prayers went something like this,
“Jesus, thank you that by your stripes I am healed. Thank you that at the cross you did the greatest exchange. You exchanged my sickness for your health and my poverty for your wealth. Thank you for healing me.”
After about three weeks or so, I realized I had no headaches. I was healed during that period. I cannot point to the day when it happened. When I noticed it, I had been healed for some time already.
There is Power in Communion
Communion taps into God’s power. Something amazing happens when we lift our prayer requests in conjunction with communion.
Our faith is stirred and God honors our faith. Jesus said to those He healed, “Your faith has made you well.” By doing Communion we proclaim Jesus’ death, and when we do, we honor God. The Bible declares that without death there is NO remission of sin, and therefore no healing either.
Communion gives us a tangible connection to Jesus’ sacrifice. It is the lever that taps into the spirit world and pulls down the blessing from the supernatural into the natural everyday reality that we cannot explain in human terms. That’s how amazing our God is!
Does your marriage need healing? Do you need healing in your body, your emotions, your mind? Do you need healing in your relationships with your children or others? God is willing.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.Psalms 147:3
Passover is about Jesus’ Resurrection
The same spirit that resurrected Jesus from the dead is the same spirit that resides in the hearts of every believer. Knowing this, we can be certain that anything we pray for God hears us and is willing to take care of His children.
Jesus will return one day. We do not know the day or the hour, but He gave us the assurance that He will celebrate Passover with us when we come into His Kingdom.
Until then, do communion as often as the Holy Spirit leads you and you will experience miracles. Remain steadfast in our faith.