The Passover meal had been shared for centuries to remember the great power of God that rescued His people from Egypt. The people would remember God's mercy in 'passing over' their sin because of the covering of blood on their homes (read about it in Exodus 12-13). This passover would be different. The followers of Jesus would learn that the true Passover Sacrifice had now come and was prepared to shed His blood for His people 'once for all time'. Rather than remembering passover, we would now remember Jesus' 'broken body' and 'spilled blood' as we come into communion with Him. The significance of this first communion was huge. The significance of His commands for His followers in 1 Corinthians 11 are clear:
'Do this in remembrance Me' - Entering into communion with Christ is not an act of tradition but of Worship.
'For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes' - Entering into communion with Christ is a proclamation of our faith in the future coming of Christ.
Soon, we will celebrate communion together in Way Community.