Therefore, the communion table is a time of remembrance. It
memorializes the sacrifice Jesus made for the sake of our
sin. He gave Himself for us that we may be
"justified by his blood," and "saved from wrath
through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were
reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his life,"
His broken, wounded, and blood-stained body is what saves us
from the wrath of God. This is why we are instructed to
remember what He has done on our behalf. It is so we never
forget the horror our sin caused; the innocent Son of God
died in our place. "For [God] hath made [Jesus] to be
sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Communion, also known as the Holy Communion,
Eucharist, or The Last Supper
represents the sacrificial act of Jesus as He offered
Himself for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus commands us
to remember this quintessential event by the breaking and
sharing of bread and the cup together as a body of
believers; therefore, it is a corporate remembrance of Him.
The bread further pictures the death of Jesus Christ in that
according to the Law of Moses the Passover bread must be
unleavened, meaning it was flat bread similar to a wafer.
No yeast was used in its mixture because yeast permeates
the dough and causes it to rise. Through biblical imagery,
yeast is often associated with sin and its permeating
effects on mankind. Sin grows and corrupts individuals, but
Jesus lived a sinless life and the unleavened bread
represented His sinlessness.
Later, through rabbinic law, the bread was also pierced which would
inhibit any possible leavening within the dough so when it
was baked, it would make the cracker-like bread that is
still used today. Jesus’ body was also pierced; His head was
pierced by thorns; His hands and feet with nails; His side
was pierced with a spear. His body was broken, beaten,
abused, and then nailed to a cross. No other person has
experienced such cruelty! The prophet, Isaiah, rightly
proclaimed, "He was wounded for our transgressions,
bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace
was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed"
Jesus also gave the disciples the image of the cup to
represent His blood. He said it was poured out for you, and
through His blood a New Covenant was inaugurated. Jewish
covenants were confirmed through blood sacrifices. Jesus
acted as the sacrificial lamb that did away with the Old
Covenant of the Law and secured the New Covenant of grace
with His own flesh and blood.