On the night of his last meal with his disciples, Jesus gathered with his friends to celebrate the Passover Feast (Luke 22:7-20). The Passover has been a part of Jewish tradition for centuries. It offers a way to celebrate and remember God setting God’s people free from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12:14-20). The Passover meal is still celebrated today.
While nearly all Christians believe that the practice of communion that Jesus instituted at his last supper with is disciples is important, not everyone agrees on what the communion meal means or what is taking place in the meal. For some communion is a memory meal. It is something that we do to remember something that happened a long time ago. For others, the bread and wine of communion is literally being transformed into the actual flesh and blood of Jesus.