This past Sunday our Journey Kids’ Sunday School classes learned about Passover and The Last Supper. The closing activity for the morning was Communion. But this wasn’t your regular Communion. I wanted them to think about what Communion really meant.
Our kids hear The Great Thanksgiving in the Methodist Hymnal and most have part of it memorized. They have a basic understanding of what Communion signifies. But, I wanted them to think about what the bread and the juice truly represent. During The Last Supper Jesus said, “Take and eat, this is my body given for you for the forgiveness of your sins”; and He did the same with the juice. What a mighty sacrifice made for you and for me!
Think about what Jesus did for us on the cross on Good Friday. He sacrificed Himself so that we could live. His Father gave Him as a sacrifice for us. How would you react if your father said to you that you had to die so that everyone could live, sin and be forgiven?! How would you react if God told you that you had to sacrifice one of your children so that everyone could live, sin and be forgiven?! How powerful! 1 Corinthians 11:26 says, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”
God sent Jesus so that we wouldn’t have to sacrifice and repent in the same ways followers did in the Old Testament. Jesus is our Savior. Even after God sent Jesus we still sinned and so Jesus had to be crucified so that we could be forgiven. Communion is a time for us to remember what was sacrificed for us. So think about the true meaning of the bread and the juice and how precious it truly is.
Father, we are surprised by your grace and mercy. Whenever we celebrate communion, help us grow in the saving knowledge of Christ. Amen.
Christian Education Coordinator