Jesus Christ sat with His apostles the evening before the atonement. Christ knew it was time for Him to atone and die for us. In Luke 22, we read about the first sacrament and Christ said, “this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. . . . this cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we feel sacrament is an important part of our spiritual growth and worship, as we remember and renew the covenants we make with Heavenly Father when we are baptized. As we partake of the bread and water, we remember the atoning sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us. We take the time, while the sacrament is being passed, to reflect on the ministry, life and Atonement of Christ, the Son of God.
The bread being broken is a symbolic reminder of His body on the cross and His physical sufferings. It is also symbolic to ancient times when as part of the covenant, they would cut (break) an animal into pieces as a sacrifice and say “Let what happened to this sacrifice, happen to us, if we break our covenant.”
The water is symbolic of the blood of our Savior shed in extreme spiritual suffering and grief, commencing in the Garden of Gethsemane and concluding on the cross. In Matthew 26:38 Christ said, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.” In the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 3:7 we read and understand, “Blood [came] from every pore, so great [was] his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.”
Jesus Christ suffered for the sins, sorrows, and pains of all people. He is the only one who truly understands us, emotionally and spiritually. When we get that call, your grandma has suffered a stroke and is on the way to the hospital, He truly felt the pain, regrets and overwhelming fears. When we sin, because we all will, He felt the sorrow, fear, and humility. What greater gift could our Father give us than a big brother who truly knows us?
As a mother, I want to teach my children of this great gift. When my oldest, Princess, was around 12-months, I was contemplating how to teach my children about Jesus Christ and the sacrament. Almost intuitively, as I handed her the bread, I whispered, “this helps us remember Jesus made it so we can live with Heavenly Father again.” Then with the water I whispered, “this helps us remember we can say sorry and repent for our sis.” As simple as these words were, they truly help us focus on the atonement, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Princess is now almost five, and I have Tiny, three; and B, one. They each are told these same words each time we partake of the sacrament.