Sharing – The word “Communion” literally means to share something. It
refers to sharing a meal or breaking bread together at a table.
Upper Room – It’s in reference to a meal that Jesus shared with His
disciples before His death. It took place in a home which
traditionally is called “the Upper Room” which just means that it happened
upstairs in someone’s house. That meal was called
Death Passed Over - The Passover meal was eaten as a symbol or
reminder of how the nation of Israel, was once enslaved in Egypt and God
rescued them. He did it by instructing them to put lamb’s blood on their
door posts. As a result, death would literally pass over and spare
them. God delivered them from slavery and death.
The night that Jesus was betrayed and handed over to be killed, they
shared a Passover meal together. He took the bread and told His disciples:“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you;” (Eat
the cracker. Pause.)
In the same way, He took the cup of wine and said:
“This cup is the new covenant in My blood;” (1 Corinthians
11:23-26) (Drink. Pause.
You see, Jesus was comparing Himself to the Passover Lamb. It
was a symbol for what He was about to do on the cross for them. That
He would die in their place, His body would be broken. He was also
showing them that His blood would be shed as payment for their
sins. From now on, that meal would symbolize what Jesus was about to
do for them and the rest of the world.
Just in case the disciples didn’t get it, He made it simple by
summarizing it with one phrase in Luke 22:19, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
Today, I want you to do just that. I want you
to remember Jesus and what He did for you on the cross and I want you
to reflect on how that changes your life.
Remember – When we remember, we remember that His body was
broken for us. He was beaten and crucified for our sins and died to
pay a penalty that we couldn’t pay. We remember that
His blood was poured out for the forgiveness of sins. We
are forgiven and made righteous in His sight.
Reflection – In remembering that, we should reflect on what
that means to us. The fact that Jesus loved us so much that He would
die for us so that we could spend eternity with God, should move us toward
worship and action!
So, let’s take a few minutes to remember and reflect in
silence. This time is between you and God. Maybe you
would like to spend some time thanking Him for who He is and what He’s done in
your life. You could use this time to confess to Him your sins and
ask for forgiveness.
(Wait about two minutes and allow your group this time with
God. If you are sensing people are uncomfortable with that much
time, you can cut it short. If you feel like they need more, give
Wrap up in prayer: The following is a suggested prayer. Feel free to close in
prayer however you would like.
God we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You for
loving us so much that You would spare nothing, not even Your Son, to save us
from our sins. Help us to always remember that love and reflect on
His sacrifice on our behalf. Give us the strength to live our lives
by faith in Him this week. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the
Lord’s death until He comes.” - 1 Corinthians 11:26
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