We can take communion with Jesus, everyday. We can do this on our own or with our family, as often as we like.
(This raises eyebrows from some who believe only ordained preachers/ministers/clergy can administer communion… the Bible does not teach this, only church tradition teaches and asserts this.)
To take communion, simply have something to eat and drink with you as you sit with Jesus: bread and juice, cookie and some milk, coffee and snack, or a full meal. Communion in the early church was celebrated over a full meal, in people’s homes, and in many loose gatherings. It was celebrated with joy as people remembered what Jesus had done for them. The emphasis of communion today is still the same, remembering and being thankful, celebrating with joy all the Jesus has done and continues to do for us…
- Coming as the incarnate Word of God (John 1:14)
- Living on the earth, fully God and fully man (Col 2:9)
- Voluntarily laying aside His divine privilege to live like you and me, to show us how to live full of the Holy Spirit, surrendered to the will of the Father in everything (Phil 2:6-8)
- Living as a loving and willing, humble servant (Phil 2:7)
- Dying on the cross to fully pay for all sin, all sickness, all disease, all brokenness, all loneliness (Isaiah 53:4-5; Rom 5:6, 8
- Raised back to life, inaugurating the New Covenant in His own blood (Hebrews 8:8, 9:15, 12:24)
- Opening the way for you and me into this New Creation life of the Spirit… Being born again of the Spirit is the new covenant, new creation life (Romans 6:5-10; 2Corinthians 5:17; John 3)
- Everyone is invited (John 3:1-21).
Before taking communion, we can ask the Holy Spirit to examine our heart. We can simply pray, “Holy Spirit, is there anything I need to repent of?” Some of us may already aware of things and can begin to repent without asking Him. But it is also good to ask Holy Spirit and wait upon Him. This is an important moment, not to rushed over. God wants our hearts to be right before Him, so nothing hindering our relationship with Him.
When we repent from sin, we can do it freely if we are sincere, and He is faithful to forgive all our sin (1Jn 1:9). Repentance makes us free before Him. It lifts off all shame and fear. “Repent, then, and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped away, and that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…” (Acts 3:19-20)
Communion is the for the believer in Christ who understands, “if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). And, “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them…” (2Cor 5:17-19).
When taking communion, simply praying and giving thanks and “remembering” what Christ Jesus has done is all that is needed. Simple prayers that are honest and God honoring is all He seeks from His people. Including phrases like, “thank You for Your body that was broken” and “thank You for Your blood that was shed.”
Two common scriptures people might use for communion are:
“And he (Jesus) took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:19-20).
“… the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1Cor 11:23-25).
Note how similar and simple these scriptures are. We should not make communion complex. Nor should it be joyless, stiff, or somber. If our heart is right before the Lord, everything is out and confessed, we are free and will be experiencing His joy. Communion then becomes the vehicle for deepening our relationship with Him: COMMUNE.