Why We Take Communion
Matthew 26:19-30 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover. • Passover - was celebrated annually, during the festival of Unleavened Bread (Cf. Matthew 26:17) in remembrance of Israel’s exodus from Egypt under Moses’ leadership.
20 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” 22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?” 23 He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. 24 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.” 25 Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.” • Judas - is a member of Jesus’ inner circle, who betrays Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (Cf. Matthew 26:14-16).
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” • Bread - unleavened bread and it symbolized the body of Jesus without sin. It is symbolic to remember that Jesus physically came to this world to give Himself entirely: Cf. Isaiah 64:5-6; Galatians 2:16; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 6:23
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. • Cup - which held the wine, symbolized the blood that was shed by Jesus on the cross. Cf. Leviticus 17:11; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 5:9; Hebrews 9:22
29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.