Homemade Unleavened Bread for Churches and Families
TRUE COMMUNION BREAD IS UNLEAVENED
Communion Bread represents Jesus' body that was broken for all mankind. Jesus was sinless. The Feast of Unleavened Bread (instituted during the days of Moses and the Exodus out of Egypt) was a foreshadowing of the Messiah to come, who would be without sin (yeast). Jesus is called, "The Bread of Life," and the "Manna from Heaven."
Communion Bread needs to be made without leavening - (yeast, baking powder or baking soda).
COMMUNION BREAD IS PIERCED
The book of Isaiah contains a strong description of Jesus on the cross. If you look closely at Matza Bread (the Jewish form of unleavened bread) you will notice stripes and piercings. Isaiah's prophesy below describes the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This was written 500 years before the birth of Christ and is a powerful picture of how Jesus is the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" and the one we ALL pierced with our sinful acts.
ISAIAH 53 "He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
...Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul...
because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Homemade Communion Bread - Beth Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org