The Holy Communion


Passover is a yearly festival during which the Israelites celebrate God's deliverance of His people from a land of bondage. It is a day for the Jewish community to remember how the blood of the slaughtered lamb saved them from the smiting hand of God that killed all the first-born of Egypt. Today, Christ the Passover lamb has been slain and His blood has spared us of eternal death. We, the spiritual chosen people of God, must also commemorate Christ's saving grace by partaking in the new Passover - the Holy Communion.

"In Remembrance of Me"


Also known as the Lord's Supper, the Holy Communion is a sacrament instituted by the Lord Jesus himself during His last Passover meal with His disciples.




"The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me'" (1 Corinthians 11:24-25)


During the Holy Communion, we meditate on and proclaim the immense grace of our Savior shown by His personal sacrifice. The sacrament is also an occasion for us to renew our determination to love the Lord more by giving our lives to serve Him.

Spiritual Communion



The Lord Jesus said, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him" (John 6:53-56)




The Holy Communion is a fellowship through which God bestows his life on the participants. After the thanksgiving prayer, the bread and grape juice become the body and blood of the Lord in the Spirit. By partaking of this sacrament, believers join with the Lord Jesus Christ and with one another in the spirit and share the fullness of life that the Lord has promised.

The Meaning of the Holy Communion


Oneness
The "one bread" used in the Holy Communion signifies that Jesus has only one body and all the believers are members of that one body. Therefore, the bread we partake of during the Holy Communion is a participation in the body of Christ. Eating this bread demonstrates the unity and fellowship with the Lord Jesus and with other believers.
Purity
The "unleavened bread" represents the holiness of Jesus; it is a reminder that the Church, as the body of Christ, must strive to be holy and blameless. We must keep our thoughts, speech, and daily conduct pure. The Church as a whole must also uphold her integrity and pledge her allegiance to the Truth of God.
Covenant
The cup we receive is the cup of the new covenant established by the blood of Christ. This new covenant is a sign that we have become God's chosen people through Jesus Christ and that we are to abide by His commandments. Having been cleansed by Christ's precious blood in baptism, we may communicate directly with the Heavenly Father through prayer without the mediation of priests. We also have the wonderful privilege of entering His eternal Kingdom in the future.

extracted from True Jesus Church: Our Basic Beliefs - an Introductory Brochure