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Luke 22- The Lord’s Supper

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:14-20

 Christians might wonder, where did the sacrament of Communion originate? It originated right here at the Lord’s Supper. The day before Jesus went to the cross to be our Passover Lamb, he shared a meal with his disciples. Jesus took the bread, broke it , and distributed among his disciples and said “This is my body given for You, Do this in remembrance of Me” The bread is symbolic of Christ body broken on the cross for the penalty of our sins

Then Jesus took the cup, and said “This Cup is the New Covenant/Testament, which I shed for You” The cup of wine is symbolic of the blood of Christ shed for our sins, our sins washed by the blood of the Lamb. Also the blood of Christ is the sign of the New Covenant, the Better Covenant that makes us Children of God, Jew and Gentile , through Jesus Christ

Notice Jesus said “ Do this In Remembrance of Me” this was a commandment or sacrament Christ gave to us. Everytime we partake of the bread and cup, we are proclaiming The Lord’s death, resurrection, and His return. Jesus wants communion/fellowship with us, don’t neglect coming to The Lord’s table

But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. Luke 22:21-23

Jesus again prophesies about his death, the Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world (John 1:29) As Judas, the son of perdition, betrayed the Son of God to fulfill God’s will of redeeming humanity of their sins. When we partake in Communion/Lords Supper, we should reflect upon what Jesus has done for us and that Christ is returning again soon to establish His eternal Kingdom

We shouldn’t neglect coming to The Lord’s table, we do this in remembrance of Christ. We should mourn and rejoice everytime we come to The Table, knowing your a sinner but the sinless Lamb of God washed you clean by His sacrifice on the cross, Amen

Mark 14- The Lords Supper

And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born. Mark 14:20-21

As we talked about yesterday, Judas was evil and sold out The Lord for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus is revealing this now to his disciples, that one of them will betray him. When Jesus made this statement, the disciples looked at each other, having no idea who the son of perdition was. Even Judas tried to cover it up by saying “Surely not I Rabbi” (Matthew 26:25) Judas was filled with Satan and as Jesus said “It would have been better if he was never born”

But God uses the evil of this world for his own good, the scripture told us the Messiah must die for the sins of the world. God used the evil in Judas heart to fulfill this requirement. Its just hard to imagine, Judas spent 3 years with The Lord and would betray him for some money. As Jesus said “What does it profit you to gain the whole world but to lose your soul”

And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Mark 14:22-24

Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper or known as the Eucharist or Communion. This is a fulfillment of the Passover Feast. As the Apostle Paul stated “Jesus is our Passover Lamb” (1 Corinthians 5:7) Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (John 1) The final sacrifice for sin is about to take place and Christ has fulfilled this. The Lords Supper is the remembrance of this event, where God has provided us salvation

As Jesus taught us, the bread is symbolic for his broken body on the cross. The cup is symbolic for the shedding of Christ’s blood which purifies our sins. The blood is a sign of the New Covenant Jesus established on the cross! The blood of the New Covenant that was shed for many not just Israel

Jesus also stated “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19) Jesus commanded the Lords Supper as a sacrament that shouldn’t be neglected. As Paul stated “As often you eat the bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26) Proclaim Jesus as your Passover Lamb often, Do this in remembrance of Christ! Amen!

Holy Week- Maundy Thursday-Lords Supper

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” Mark 14:22

The Last Supper, The Lords Supper, or Communion, whatever you want to call it was a sacred event that declared the coming of the New Covenant! Why was Jesus and his disciples having a feast? Because it was Passover and Jesus is the Passover Lamb, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover as the Lamb of God

Jesus said to “Do this in remembrance of Me” taking communion is a sacred time when we reflect on Christ and what he has done for us. As the Apostle Paul says we should “Examine ourselves” (1 Corinthians 11:28)  meaning to reflect on our relations with Christ

As Jesus broke the bread he said this is symbolic of his body broken on the cross for our sins. His body he laid out for us as a atoning sacrifice for our sins not his!

And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Mark 14:23-24

The wine was symbolic for his blood shed on the cross to cover us of our sins. This is the blood of the Lamb that allowed death to Passover us. Jesus said his blood is a New Covenant which is for many! God and Man has become reconciled

When you take communion, do it in remembrance of Christ and what he has done for You! Examine yourself and get right with God, repent any sin in your life and rejoice in the Lord Amen!

John 6- Communion

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. John 6:53-55

One of the more “difficult” teachings of Jesus was about partaking in his flesh and blood. Now having the revelation we have today, we know that Jesus was foretelling about the practice of Communion. We know his body and blood were broken and shed for our sins on the cross. Anyone who rejects this can’t have atonement for their sin

Whoever receives Christ’s sacrifice He will resurrect in the last day. We know this is a foundational teaching of the gospel of Christ. Without the cross you can’t have the resurrection. Until we are reborn from being dead in our sins, we can’t be reconciled back to God

He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. John 6:56-58

This is why I think Communion is an essential practice in Christianity. Jesus said “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22)Is Jesus referring to us eating his physical body and drinking his blood? No, and the reason I believe is because Jesus taught this to the disciples while he was still alive and physically with them.

At the Lords Supper, when Jesus told them the bread was his body and the wine was his blood, he meant it symbolically. The disciples couldn’t eat Jesus body and and drink his blood when he was physically alive and sitting there with them, it’s not logical

These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? John 6:59-61

Many of Jesus followers didnt understand his teaching and left him. “What kind of teaching is this”? The problem is they didnt understand what Christ was about to do for the world. This didn’t have the further revelation that we have today.

What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. John 6:62-64

Not everyone will become saved, many have and will reject Christ. This was evident back then and this is still evident today. Jesus already knows his Sheep and calls them by name. Those who abide in Christ , he will abide in them

Communion is an essential doctrine and practice of Christians, anyone who wont partake in the body and blood of Christ, can have no part in Him! Abide in Jesus , Amen!

Exodus 25- Communion with God

Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. Exodus 25:23-26

Here we see God instructed Moses to build a table to display the showbread for God. Does this remind you of anything? I believe this is a foreshadow of Communion, the sign that Jesus said would institute the New Covenant (Luke 22) Again everything we see in this Exodus story, and everything we see in the Tabernacle are foreshadows of Christ

Why a table? Because God wants to have Communion (Fellowship) with You, just as He wanted fellowship with the Israelites, he wants fellowship with the Gentile believers. Jesus is about a personal relationship with God, not a religion, fellowship with your God and Lord

And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. Exodus 25:29

This commandment was to make all the dishes pure gold, including pitchers , to pour out drink offerings to God. First the symbolism of pure gold showing the purity of the Sinless Lamb of God. Second as Paul told us in Philippians 2, Jesus poured himself or emptied himself taking on the form of a servant, for our sins

And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway. Exodus 25:30

The table with the Show Bread (The body of Christ) was to be displayed to God at all times. This is why I believe Communion is a very sacred act, that should be performed daily as in Communion with God. The proclamation or sign of the New Covenant is Communion

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:19-20

The bread is symbolic of the body of Christ, given to us as an atonement for our sins. The drink offering, the wine, is symbolic of Jesus blood shed for our sins. This cup is the New Covenant, the table of Show Bread is a foreshadow of the New Covenant and Christ Amen!

Exodus 12-Unleavened Bread

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Exodus 12:14

During this time God instituted the Passover Feast to commemorate this day forever. Now most Christians would say this is not relevant to them anymore, but when you compare the Passover Feast to Communion, they are tied together. As I believe when Jesus commemorated Communion, this was the fulfillment of the Passover Feast

Think about the Lords Supper, when did Jesus institute this? It was during a Passover Feast. All the elements that are part of Communion, the Bread and Wine, are present here in the Passover Feast

Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. Exodus 12:15

Typically during the Passover Feast and Communion, you are to use “Unleavened Bread.  First as God commanded the bread is to be unleavened , meaning without yeast, why? Because this is symbolic of the sinless Lamb of God. Leaven is often symbolic of sin in the Bible. Communion is about the blood of the Lamb cleansing you from your sin, that Lamb is Jesus Christ

And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. Exodus 12:16-17

The Passover Feast lasted 7 days, notice 7 is the number of completion. During this time , Jews would remember and commemorate this event of the Passover and the Exodus story. Jesus fulfilled all the feasts, he is the Messiah promised throughout the Old Testament. Therefor Communion is a time for us to commemorate our Exodus from the slavery of sin and death through Christ

For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. Exodus 12:23

Just as God commanded the Israelites to get an unblemished Lamb and put the blood on their door posts, then death will Passover every family that is covered by the blood of the Lamb. This is the same for us today through Christ. Those who are covered by the Lamb of God, will inherit eternal life

The important question as the old hymn says “Are you washed by the blood of the Lamb”? So as you study the Exodus and the Passover Feast, think about Christ and how these things are foreshadows of Him, Amen!

Do Jehovah Witnesses Partake in Communion?

Do Jehovah Witnesses partake in Communion?

Once I attended a “Memorial Service” after being invited by the Jehovah Witnesses. Typically this event occurs on Nissan 14 or Passover, which is the day believed that Jesus had the Lords Supper with his disciples before being arrested and crucified.

The service for the most part seemed normal, until it came time for Communion. While the elders passed around the elements (Bread and Wine) everyone refused to partake in communion. This left me bewildered, and I had to research their reasoning for this. As we see from the JW.org website, only the 144,000 are in the “New Covenant” therefor they are the only ones who can partake in communion

https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/lords-supper/

This obviously brings some questions:

  1. If the majority of JW’s are not in the New Covenant, how are they saved?
  2. Jesus commanded us to “Do this in remembrance of Him”, if they are rejecting communion, are they not rejecting Christ?
  3. Where in the Bible does it state the 144,000 should only take Communion?
  4. Where in the Bible does it state the 144,000 are the only ones in the New Covenant?

Next I would like to take a look at some scriptures and compare it to there NWT (New Word Translation)

16  The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of the Christ?v The loaf that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of the Christ?w 17  Because there is one loaf, we, although many, are one body,x for we are all partaking of that one loaf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NWT)

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (KJV)

The Apostle Paul taught pretty deeply about Communion , mostly referenced 1 Corinthians 10 and 11. Here we see in both translations, we ALL partake in Communion. Even in the NWT this is very clear, there is no teaching here that only specific Christians are to partake in Communion.

Notice the Body of Christ (Christians) are One united body. Communion is an outward expression of that unity in Christ. Refusal to take Communion as a Believer, is almost the denunciation of professing Christ as Lord

And as they continued eating, he took a loaf, said a blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “Take it; this means my body.”x 23  And taking a cup, he offered thanks and gave it to them, and they all drank out of it.y 24  And he said to them: “This means my ‘bloodz of the covenant,’a which is to be poured out in behalf of many.b Mark 14:22-24 (NWT)

And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Mark 14:22-24 (KJV)

In both translations, Jesus clearly says that his body and blood was poured out for many. Jesus didn’t say his offering was only for the 144,000. Jesus also says the blood is the sign of his New Covenant. Anyone who is saved by Christ is in his New Covenant. Jesus never says that only the 144,000 are in his Covenant. Secondly if you profess to be a Christian and are not in the New Covenant, how are you saved? Are you under the Mosaic Law then?

28  First let a man approve himself after scrutiny,y and only then let him eat of the loaf and drink of the cup. 29  For the one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment against himself 1 Corinthians 11:28-29 (NWT )

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 1 Corinthians 11:28-29 (KJV)

Here the Apostle Paul teaches that we should examine ourselves before partaking in Communion. Meaning if we should examine our relationship with Christ or have any unrepented sin, before we take Communion we should make sure we are coming to the Lords Table with pure intentions. Paul never says that only the 144,000 are to partake in Communion. As Paul says “Let them partake”

19  Also, he took a loaf,m gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “This means my body,n which is to be given in your behalf.o Keep doing this in remembrance of me.”p 20  Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenantq by virtue of my blood,r which is to be poured out in your behalf.s Luke 22:19-20 (NWT)

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:19-20 (KJV)

Jesus clearly commands us to “Do this in remembrance of Him” Anyone who refuses Communion as a Christian is clearly defying the Lords commands. Nowhere in the New Testament does it state that Communion is optional or only specific to the 144,000

In fact if you truly have a personal relationship with Christ, you would want to partake in Communion to be in fellowship with him

 

 

 

 

The Last Supper #Communion

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Matthew 26:26

Today Communion has turned into a ritual rather than a moment to “commune” with The Lord. Jesus came to not give us a new religion but a relationship with God. Communion is a way we have a personal encounter with God. Come sit at the Lords Table and have a meal with him

Often in Communion services, we get herded like cattle to move through like an assembly line just to get done the deed to check it off the list. This is not what Jesus had in mind, he wanted us to slow down and commune with him. As the Apostle Paul said we should “Examine Ourselves” while we are at the Lords Table. (1 Corinthians 11:28)

The broken bread, as we know, is representative of the broken body of Jesus on the cross. By His Stripes We Are Healed! (Isaiah 53) What a beautiful gift Christ has given us, the gift that only He could provide and nobody else

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:27-28

The wine is obviously symbolic of Christ blood he shed for us! Notice his blood is a sign, a sign of the New Covenant (Testament). The words Testament and Covenant basically mean the same thing, that’s why the Bible is split between the Old Testament (Old Covenant) and New Testament (New Covenant)

When you take Communion, you are declaring that you are part of the New Covenant. Just as circumcision was a sign of the Old Covenant, Christ blood is the sign of the New Covenant. Are you covered by the blood of The Lamb?

So next time you take Communion, don’t just rush through it, examine yourself. Take time to Commune with The Lord, receive his gifts, and give him all the praise and glory he deserves!

 

One Body

Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16

There are so many beautiful things about Communion, it’s a complete shame for any Christian who doesn’t regularly practice it. Besides the fact that Jesus commanded us to “Do this in remembrance of him” (Luke 22:19) The symbolic natures and fellowship we receive from communion is a spiritual experience in itself

The Cup that represents the shedding of Jesus blood, that is the complete atonement for our sins, we share that same Cup of Christ. Think about that, with all the divisions in Christianity, we all share the same Cup of Salvation

The Bread that is symbolic for the breaking of Jesus body on the cross, again we all share that same bread that took the punishment for our sins. The penalty that we deserved , was taken voluntarily by Christ. We partake all in that same Cup and Bread, what a beautiful sign of unity and fellowship

Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:17

We are One Body of Christ, for we all partake in unity from the same Cup and Bread, that was given to us from the One True Lord and God. As we mourn his death and celebrate his victory through the resurrection. We anticipate the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ together! Amen!

Lords Supper #Communion

While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” Mark 14:22

The Last Supper, The Lords Supper, or Communion, whatever you want to call it was a sacred event that declared the coming of the New Covenant! Why was Jesus and his disciples having a feast? Because it was Passover and Jesus is the Passover Lamb, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover as the Lamb of God

Jesus said to “Do this in remembrance of Me” taking communion is a sacred time when we reflect on Christ and what he has done for us. As the Apostle Paul says we should “Examine ourselves” (1 Corinthians 11:28)  meaning to reflect on our relations with Christ

As Jesus broke the bread he said this is symbolic of his body broken on the cross for our sins. His body he laid out for us as a atoning sacrifice for our sins not his!

And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Mark 14:23-24

The wine was symbolic for his blood shed on the cross to cover us of our sins. This is the blood of the Lamb that allowed death to Passover us. Jesus said his blood is a New Covenant which is for many! God and Man has become reconciled

When you take communion, do it in remembrance of Christ and what he has done for You! Examine yourself and get right with God, repent any sin in your life and rejoice in the Lord Amen!