Back in the days of Christ’s ministry, when a man chose his bride, Hebrew tradition mandated that several steps had to be followed. The man’s father would accompany him to the brides home where the two fathers and the son would sit together and establish the purchase price for the bride. The price could include currency, livestock or anything of value. Once the cost had been established and agreed upon, the groom would fill a cup with wine and present it to his intended bride at the same time saying ‘I offer you my life’ as a covenant with her. She had the choice of rejecting his offer by refusing the wine or she could accept by taking the cup and drinking. If she accepted, she would say ‘I offer you my life’ and drank from the cup, sealing the marriage covenant.
Jesus certainly knew this tradition when he offered the first recorded communion to His disciples as described in Matthew 26:27. ‘Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered 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’.’ When the disciples drank of the cup, they also fully understood the meaning of the action. They were forfeiting their lives to Christ in a new covenant.
In the same way, when we partake of the communion ceremony in church, we agree to forfeit our lives to Christ. We have accepted his offer and have become his bride. The communion ceremony seals the covenant. This is not something to be taken lightly. Have you forfeited your life to Christ as you have signified? If you have drunk from the communion cup, you have accepted His offer. He offered His life to you and, in the end, forfeited it for you. You have made an agreement. Think about it. I know there are a lot of you that are faking your end of the bargain. You’re living your life for yourself and not for Him. I know who some of you are but Jesus knows all of you.