“And he took the bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them saying, This is my body which is given for you: This do in remembrance of me. Likewise the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament, which is my blood shed for you,” (Luke 22:19-20). In the United Methodist tradition there are two sacraments; baptism and communion. A sacrament is defined as, a means of grace. Communion in many United Methodist Churches is celebrated on a monthly basis. There are some churches that celebrate communion more and some less. No matter how often we celebrate communion we must never approach our Lord’s body and blood without a sense of reverence and joy. Reverence in the fact of the suffering that Jesus endured, but also joy in knowing what Jesus has done for us. Jesus freely gave his life so that we might be saved. This should cause us to rejoice with exceeding great joy.
As a pastor I have always encouraged parents to allow their small children to partake. Even though they may not fully understand the depth of communion it is a teaching moment for them. By this I mean that it teaches the children what Jesus has done for us as well as the importance of communion in the life of the believer and in the church. The story is told of a little boy who went forward to with his daddy to receive communion. As the folk kneeled at the altar the cups were passed to each person, and then the pastor passed a large loaf to the congregants that were at the altar. As the loaf was passed the folk would pinch off really small pieced of bread, but when the loaf reached the little boy he tore off a super big piece of bread. There were gasps from the folk kneeling at the altar. It was as if they were all thinking, I can’t believe that kid tore off that big of a hunk. The pastor gathered his composure and then heard the Holy Spirit speaking. The Spirit said, “I wish that all my people wanted that much Jesus in their lives. Most are just satisfied with a little bit of Jesus.” This is what communion is all about, it is receiving Jesus into our lives. It is allowing Jesus to shape and mold us. It is receiving Jesus with joy knowing that our sins are forgiven. How much Jesus do you want in your life?