A Service of Holy Communion
The Lord Jesus instituted the Holy Communion the night before his death on the cross. The bread which he broke, had to become a reminder to His children that his body had been broken for them before and on the cross. The wine had to remind them of his blood which was shed for them by the crown of thorns, the whipping by the Roman soldiers, the nails through his hands and feet, and the spear. 1 Corinthians 10 and 11 describes the institution of the Holy Communion in detail. What is its purpose?
A feast of remembrance: It is just like an anniversary or birthday. The church celebrates Holy Communion to remember the love of Christ as demonstrated on the cross of Calvary (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:26). The Lord wants us to celebrate Holy Communion so that we may remember - so that we don't forget His wonderful love.