Holy Communion is one of the sacraments, or “sacred acts” of the Christian Church. For those who aren’t familiar with this practice, it is a time set aside to remember the final meal Jesus shared with his disciples just hours before he would die on a cross. The Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist, as it is sometimes called, is celebrated by Christians throughout the world.
During Communion, the elements of bread and grape juice are served with the reminder of Jesus’ words to “…‘do this in remembrance of me’ ” (Luke 22:19, NIV). As the bread is broken, we recall that Jesus’ body was broken on the cross as he died to take away our sins. As the juice is shared, we are reminded that Jesus’ blood was shed for us at Calvary.
This past Sunday, I had the privilege to serve Holy Communion at the church I serve. This is always a special time for me spiritually. I connect with God and my congregants, in a unique and meaningful way. On this particular Sunday, I was reminded again of the significance of Communion. As I took the circular loaf of bread to tear into two pieces, there was a split-second moment in which the loaf appeared to me to be in the shape of a heart. And, as I tore the bread apart, I was reminded, not just of Jesus’ body being broken for my sins, but that God the Father’s heart had to have been broken over the death of his only Son.
For me, this was a different way of looking at and thinking about the sacrifice God made to erase my sins, that God would allow his child to suffer so that I, his child, would not have to, to give him up to death so that I could have life.
This is what Communion means to me, that God’s heart was torn into pieces as Jesus’ body was broken for me and for you. His blood was shed to take away all of our sins. We are forgiven. Remember that.