Question 3 Why does the communion service have bread and wine?
I am sure that most Christians know why we take the wine. The red wine represents the blood of Jesus. Blood was the price Father demanded for forgiveness of sin and only blood untainted by sin could be used. Only God Himself, in human form, had untainted blood. Jesus shed His blood to buy us out of the slave market of sin. In remembrance of this sacrifice we drink red wine.
The bread is not so well understood. Jesus Himself said of himself, "I am the bread of life".
In the Old Testament there was a whole host of sacrifices and most of them involved blood. As Hebrews 9:22 says, "without the shedding of blood there is no remission (from sin)". But not all the sacrifices involved animals and blood. There was one offering called the "grain offering" and it is described in Leviticus 6:17 as "most holy". It consisted of fine flour and oil. Part of it was mixed with frankincense and burnt in the fire on the altar, the rest was baked by fire into bread, without leaven, and eaten by the priests.
Jesus' body was beaten with cat-o-nine-tails as the grain is beaten to make fine flour. In the Bible fire represents judgement or wrath. Jesus had to bear the wrath of God against all mankind in order to pay for mankind's sin and even "become" sin, to destroy the body of sin and the works of the devil. Jesus went through the fire of God's judgement on the cross for each of us. HE WAS THE GRAIN OFFERING.
The priests ate part of the bread. we are described as "priests and kings". We now qualify to eat some of
the grain offering in the communion service. But what does the bread represent?
Isaiah 53:4 says, "He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows". A more accurate translation of the
Hebrew is used in the Greek in Matthew 8:17, "He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses. Isaiah 53:5 says, "And by His stripes (blows that cut in) we are healed" 1 Peter 2: 24 updates it to, "Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed."
Therefore, the bread is in remembrance of our being already healed.
Next time you take communion remember there are two victories involved, one over sin, the other over pains and sickness. Let the Lord bless you in both remembrances.