How Should Christians Approach Communion?
As we come to the Communion table, there are three things we should remember, according to 1 Corinthians 11:23-30.
First, we should look back. We are to participate in Communion in remembrance of Christ (see verse 24). Though we must be reverent and must be appreciative of what Communion symbolizes, Communion also speaks of intimacy and fellowship. And so we look back. We look back to the cross. We remember what Christ accomplished for us. And we are reminded of His love for us.
Second, we are to look ahead. The Scriptures say to do this “until he comes again” (1 Corinthians 11:26). The first time Jesus came to this earth, He came as the Suffering Servant. The next time, He will come as the Conquering King. Communion is an observance to remind us that Jesus will come again.
So come to the Communion table in joy. Come in reverence. Come in honesty.
If there is something that isn’t right, this is the time to deal with it. Communion is an ideal time to make a commitment or re-commitment to Jesus Christ.