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Bread and wine

Bread and wine symbolise Jesus' death and resurrection.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish
You may have noticed that in church sometimes people eat some bread and drink some red wine. Why are they doing this? They sometimes call it a communion service, or the Lord’s Supper or the breaking of bread service. – Slide 1
At the last meal Jesus ate with His disciples before He was crucified Jesus gave thanks took some bread and broke it in pieces. – Slide 2
Jesus said to His disciples, ‘This is my body given for you. Do this to remember me and what I have done for you.’ – Slide 3
The bread was to be a symbol of Jesus’ body which would be broken when He died on the cross. Breaking bread like this was to remind us that Jesus suffered and died so we could be forgiven for all the wrong things we do. – Slide 4
Jesus took a cup of red wine and gave thanks for it. Then He said, ‘This is my blood, poured out for many, sealing the new agreement between God and man.’ – Slide 5
The he passed the cup around the disciples for them all to drink a little. – Slide 6
The red wine was to remind them of the blood Jesus would shed on the cross to pay the price of our forgiveness. It was a sign of the new promise God was making so we could be friends with Him. – Slide 7
Two thousand and more years later, Christians still share bread and wine together to remember Jesus dying for us. – Slide 8
And Christians will continue to eat bread and drink wine together to remind them of the great love of Jesus in making a way for us to be forgiven. Jesus however said that He would not drink wine again until that future time when we meet Him. – Slide 9
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