The Lord’s Supper
WHAT DOES COMMUNION SYMBOLIZE?
Communion is a time to bring Jesus’ work at the cross to our remembrance.
Luke 22:19-20 NKJV
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup [containing wine – Luke 22:18] after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you [for the remission/forgetting of sins – Matthew 26:28, Hebrews 10:17-18].
Bread/corn/wheat in the Bible symbolizes “what gives life/power” (John 6:35, 48, Hosea 14:7 YLT). This is why bread is used in the context of health so often (Matthew 15:25-30, Mark 7:26-32).
Wine in the Bible symbolizes “what makes unconscious/forgetful” (Proverbs 31:4-7, Hosea 14:7 YLT, Genesis 49:12 BBE).
So Jesus’ body was broken to be life (bread) to us (hence, 1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5).
Jesus blood was spilled for the no-longer-being-conscious (wine) of sins (hence, Hebrews 10:2, 17-18).
The elements (bread/wafer and wine/juice) are not the literal body and blood of Jesus. The elements have no significance in themselves at all; neither does the act of partaking of the elements.
Romans 14:17 (NKJV)
…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking…
Communion is simply a time to celebrate what Jesus accomplished.
1 Corinthians 11:26 (NKJV)
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.