Recently, Julie and I had the privilege of making a communion set – one of my favorite requests to fill. And, although we have made several sets over the past few years, I found myself pondering all the truths that the communion pieces symbolize while working on the set.
At Christmas time, we celebrate Christ’s birth; but, Christ didn’t remain a baby in a manger. He came with the purpose to die as a sacrifice for our sins; and, we remember His death and celebrate His resurrection at Easter.
During the Passover week, Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (celebrated as Palm Sunday); and the crowd welcomed Him. But just a few days later, that same crowd called for His death, and He was crucified (celebrated as Good Friday). After three days in the tomb, Christ overcame death, met with His followers, and ascended to heaven (celebrated as Easter).
Christ’s death on the cross fulfilled God’s holy requirements for a sinless sacrifice and because of His death, our sins can be forgiven (2 Corn. 5:21 He who knew no sin was made to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God). His body was sacrificed (symbolized by the bread) and His blood was spilled (symbolized by the wine) for everyone’s sins which is what we rememeber at communion and celebrate at Easter (John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes on Him will not perish but have eternal life).
Today is Good Friday and I am hoping that many of those communion sets are being used to celebrate this most Holy of remembrances.