The Lord’s Supper, also known as communion, is a simple observance that Jesus asked of His followers in remembrance of His sacrifice for humanity (1 Corinthians 11:25). Believers partake of bread, which is broken to represent how Jesus’ body was broken for the healing of our bodies, and wine, to represent how His blood was shed for the remission of our sins. We believe that through Christ’s suffering and death on the cross, God has made provision not only for the salvation of the souls of all humankind, but also for the healing of physical infirmities.
- Matthew 26:26–28; Luke 22:17–20; John 6:51; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26; Isaiah 53:5
Matthew 26:26–28 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Luke 22:17–20 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took 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.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”
John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.
1 Corinthians 11:23–26 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes we are healed.