“This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Matthew 18:17)
I used to only associate communion with the forgiveness of sins; after all, this is an act of remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice for us.
But Christ’s death and resurrection also belong to the bigger picture of our union with Christ. As we partake of the same bread, the same wine, and the same Christ, we should remember that His death and resurrection are not only for our individual salvation but also our union with Christ and other saints.
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:5)
We are active participants in this union,
“The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Cor 10:16)
Yes, Christ died for us individually but also corporately, so that we can be united in Him as one. Consider this prayer of Jesus before He knew His hour of betrayal and death was coming,
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. ” (John 17:20-23).
“…so that they may be brought to complete unity.” Let us celebrate this union whenever we partake of communion.