In what has come to be called the Last Supper, Jesus shared the Passover meal with his most intimate followers on the night he was betrayed. At that meal, Jesus taught his disciples that the Passover was a sign that pointed to him. He was the spotless lamb whose body would be broken and whose blood would be shed for the forgiveness of sins.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29)
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church regarding the continuing practice of this meal:
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Cor 11:23-26)
Today, Christians acknowledge this new covenant by celebrating the communion meal (also known as the Lord's Supper, or the "Eucharist" - from the Greek word meaning "thanksgiving"). At Vineyard, we celebrate communion at our weekend celebrations by sharing bread and grape juice (the fruit of the vine). If communion isn't something meaningful to you, please feel free to simply pass. Some small groups also celebrate communion together.