Luke 22:19 (NIV)
This is my body given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.
As Easter approaches, the Holy Spirit reminds us to remember the One who gave all He had. Different denominations observe communion differently, but the underlying premise is the same. We remember the Lord by partaking in His flesh and blood. Whether we are served grape juice or wine, we drink His blood. That is meant to be done literally and not symbolically. Many during Jesus's time (John 6:59), as there are today, scoff at this barbaric idea of partaking in the flesh of Christ and the shedding of His blood for the remission of our sins. However, this partaking of the blood and body of Christ should not be done in vain or zest (1 Corinthians 11:27-30). If there is unconfessed sin in our lives or we don't truly believe in the Divinity and supernatural power of Christ, we'll bring judgment upon ourselves. Tragically, many denominations will not serve communion to other believers unless they are confirmed in their denomination. The body and blood of Christ are for every blood-washed saint who is repentant and reverent.