It’s Holy Week.
It’s Holy Week, and tomorrow is Maundy Thursday.
It’s Holy Week, and tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, and this “Lent” thing is about to take an interesting turn.
Do you know why? Tomorrow, in church, you’ll hear about one of the greatest paradoxes the church has ever seen.
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
If you think about the words of Jesus, you’ll see the reason that people call Christianity a crazy religion. Jesus gave us His body and blood to eat and drink. If it were anyone but Jesus doing this, we’d think cannibalism.
See, communion raises questions. “Why do we do this anyway? Do we just eat, drink, and be merry?”
For this, we look to 1 Corinthians 11:
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 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.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
Hey, look, there are actually answers to our questions in the Bible! Gee, this whole “Inspired by God” thing comes in handy.
To sum up the above passage:
- We take communion because Jesus told us to do it.
- Taking communion helps us to remember Christ sacrificing His body for us and dying (and, more importantly, coming back to life!).
- Taking communion involves repenting of the sins which we have committed. this is because Christians receive forgiveness through communion, and we accept forgiveness by realizing our need for it.
Have an observant Holy Week, everyone!