Many traditions have a communion celebration in many different ways. We often do it to reflect the last night of our Lord’s life. As we look at the night before Jesus died, we see three key elements–
1) the meal, 2) the washing of the disciples feet by Jesus, and 3) the breaking of bread and drinking of the cup. We call this a first century communion!
As far as the meal goes, sometimes it is really neat to reflect the last meal Jesus had by having a “Seder Meal”–or a Passover Meal. We sometimes share the meal that way, but often it is just a good old SoCal meal. There is no doubt that Jesus shared that last very meaningful meal with those he dearly loved–His spiritual family so to speak. That meal is something we ought to celebrate too with our spiritual family. It also reminds us of the future when we will sit down at the table with our Jesus in glory for the Wedding Feast–what a celebration that will be!
WASHING OF FEET
The washing of the disciples’ feet is an amazing aspect of our Lord’s last night. The example of service He showed was amazing. Jesus also states that His action of washing the disciples feet was symbolic of His forgiveness. We revel in the fact that He makes us clean through His forgiveness daily, just like the people in those times needed their feet washed daily. This reminds us of Jesus’ present ministry to us.
BREAD AND CUP
The bread and the cup are probably the most familiar items to most people. These elements cause us to look into the past ministry Jesus had in remembering that Jesus took on sin and death and WON THE VICTORY! What a price He paid.
Won’t you make an extra effort to gather with your spiritual family to celebrate the ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ next time we celebrate communion?!?!
Also we wanted to share some videos done by Pastor Bob Fetterhoff, lead pastor of Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio, who filmed 3 Communion videos in the Holy Land. These 5-7 minute videos help explain what Jesus was teaching His disciples the night before he died: