Today’s reading is a familiar reading of the hours leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion and death. If you’ve been around church at all you’ve probably heard of or participated in Communion. Communion is an expression and acknowledgement of the covenant made at the Last Supper.
In Biblical times animal sacrifices were common ways to honor a covenant.
A covenant was an agreement that God made with his people. The people would honor the agreement through an animal sacrifice, in which the blood of the animal symbolized the covenant. Then, they would eat a meal to celebrate.
The Last Supper represents God’s new covenant between himself and the people. Like the old covenants, a sacrifice was required and blood was shed, but this time it was Jesus. Jesus would be the final sacrifice; his people would no longer need to sacrifice animals to honor a covenant. Instead, people would need to repent of their sins, acknowledge what Jesus had done for them and ask the Holy Spirit to guide their lives. In this final meal Jesus invited his disciples to “eat” and “drink” to accept this new covenant.
We participate in the Last Supper through the act of Communion.
We accept what Christ has done for us through his sacrifice and commit to following him through the tangible expression of drinking and eating.
Communion is meant as an expression of our commitment to following Christ and acknowledging what he’s done for us. But, it can be a confusing concept for children to understand. Especially when they read the scripture passage that implies eating the “body” and drinking the “blood.” Parents, it’s important that you spend some time helping your children understand the symbolism of the Last Supper. This can be a very rewarding conversation to have with your children, and lead to some great discussion about how they can enter into a personal relationship with Jesus. There is no greater conversation than the one in which your child accepts Jesus as their “Forever Friend!”
The practice of Communion is meant for anyone who has accepted Christ as their personal Savior. If you or your child is still exploring what this means, we invite you to contact a Willow staff member who would love to talk to you about how you can take the next step to inviting Jesus into your heart!