Whether you do it every week, monthly, or just on special occasions, in communion we remember the death of Christ. We remember God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. We remember that Jesus was called to the cross. He was born to die.
It was his ultimate mission, to live a sinless life and die as a sacrifice for our sins. And we remember him In the garden not wanting to go to the cross, in agony struggling against sin to the point where he sweat drops of blood, praying, not my will, but your will be done…
And just as he was called to the cross, we remember that we too are called to follow in his steps, to take up our cross and die to ourselves, praying not my will but your will be done.
The good news is that he never calls us to anything where he has not gone before us to prepare the way for us.
Romans 6 promises that when we die with him we also rise with him in newness of life.
So as we are admonished in the book of Hebrews, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God… consider him…”
And so whenever you eat and drink these symbols of his death remember him, and consider your own death to self. Remember that he has gone before us and shed his blood so that we might live a new life in him.
Eat the bread, his body broken for you… And drink the cup, his blood shed for you… Die to yourself and live in the name of Jesus.