The Holy communion or communion, is a command our Lord Jesus left the disciples (and all believers by extension), before He left the earth.
What Is the Communion?
The communion was first instituted by Jesus at His Last Supper with His disciples.
“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves… And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me’.” Luke 14:17-19
Although, we do not find this last phrase of Jesus, “Do this in remembrance of Me”, in the other synoptics (Matthew and Mark), we believe that this was truly Jesus’ intention for us, because we also see Paul the apostle touching on this matter, and the record of the Acts of the apostles says;
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Then, this must have truly been a command from the Lord Jesus, to continually do this in remembrance of Him, and not as a one-time event.
So, we see Jesus doing this with His disciples, and not only as a one-time occasion, His intention was that they (and we) would do this in remembrance.
What does it mean to ‘do a thing in remembrance’? It means to commemorate; to continually remember a person or thing by an occasion with the aim of honoring the memory.
This settles the idea of repeatedly breaking bread (communion) as believers.
How often should we break bread?
While it is a blessing to obey the word of God, true strength and persuasion comes from the light of His word; that is the conviction of His command makes it easier for us to obey as believers. Therefore, we must really understand what God says, in order to do what He says.
Now, does the bible give Christians a preset template on how to go about the communion, and how many times to do that?
Knowing this will help us as believers, to fully understand what and how the communion works.
Let’s take a look at this scripture;
“So, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity in heart…”
Now, the passage above clearly shows the amazing frequency with which the early believers broke bread with each other; ‘daily’, yes that’s right. Every single day they met, they broke bread and ate together.
So, this clearly tells us that if you want to break bread (communion) even daily, well that’s perfectly okay with God. Remember, the reason we’re doing this is because of our love for Jesus, the Son of God, to remember whom He is to us and what He has done for us, so if it’s possible you carry this out daily, then God is pleased. Hallelujah!
Nevertheless, in the modern Church, because we have grown into such large crowds compared to the early church, there is need for some change in the procession of service in our churches.
While some churches may take the communion once every month, some may have it twice a month, and various frequencies of observation, to ultimately some gatherings taking the communion daily. All these are perfectly okay.
But again, we must not see the communion as something we can only have in a Church setting, for the bible says we have been given access to God the Father to come boldly, and Jesus said, now the true worshippers must worship in spirit and truth. No more on the mountain or in Jerusalem must we worship (John 4:24-26), signifying the freedom and liberty to worship God at anywhere and anytime we are led by the Spirit to do so. So, let us not be limited to the church building, but even as we can pray, fast and even study the word of God in our houses, so can we also even have a communion with Him in our homes, with our families and loved ones of the body of Christ.
So, if you have the opportunity to have communion in your house like the early believers, then why not go ahead, worshipping God, and doing so worthily, as having reverence for the communion (1 Cor. 11:29).
The only thing that would be harmful to the believer would be not partaking in the communion at all, but the Bible does not set any bars as to how much we should engage in the breaking of bread.
So, brethren let us draw near to God with boldness and reverence, with the liberty that Christ has bought us, worshipping God in holiness and awe, breaking bread with joy and psalms unto the Lord. For the blessings of God are upon those who fear Him.