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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 sin 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!