When Jesus celebrated Passover before the crucifixion, He instituted the Eucharist or Holy Communion. Even before, there were those who did not follow Him after He taught that He was the bread of heaven, they just did not understand the spiritual side of it. Though you are eating the representation His body, of the bread and wine of grape juice, there are literal effects. You may have heard it a called transubstantiation.
“This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. ” 1 Corinthians 11:24-26.
While I was and you may have always heard about taking communion unworthily and drinking damnation, He also says they did not rightly discern the body. Communion was a common practice in the early church but over the years people have either been afraid of it or neglected it altogether, not remembering Him, discerning the body or proclaiming His death until He comes.
That is a key here. We are proclaiming His death until He comes. We are remembering and revering His sacrifice and we know that the blood was for remission of sin and is over the doorpost of our hearts. The death angel could not do anything else but pass by. It is still applicable today. Even if you are seeing the doctor and taking medication, need an operation, you can still believe that He died for your salvation and even healing. I cannot tell you to replace what you are doing with Communion but to include it, not in a lack of faith but as a token of it. He understands, He really does, that we believe, and what we are going through. He is the High Priest that is easily touched by infirmity.
Please understand the warning is for unbelievers, willful sinners and continuing sinners, even as believers, I try to keep a repentant heart as I take Communion. We can discern, the wine for blood is the atonement for sin and the bread is His body broken for us, though He had no broken bones, His bones were out of joint and His skin ripped to the bone. This is the price He paid to redeem us from hell and even more. It was a lot more than a stripe, wound is a better translation.
It is important to remember His sacrifice as you take Communion whether at church or daily at home, proclaim His death until He comes and believe you receive the benefits of His sacrifice, even as you face whatever the problem may be. Jesus literally took our place, and while it is a figurative representation of his body and blood, the healing is very literal, He gives you strength, energy and the sound and renewed mind you need.
So don’t be afraid as He said, just believe and keep that repentant heart. We all do something wrong everyday. That said, if you know you are not going to give up whatever it is even as a believer, I wouldn’t take it. Unbelievers will drink damnation and believers will sleep as He says though it means death. It is a serious and holy practice but not meant to terrify those of us who have loved Him and believed on His name, and in the gift of healing.
It is one way that many have been healed and though it is celebrated as Passover in the Old Testament and New, it is not necessary to have a whole Passover meal, though Messianic Jews and some Christians celebrate, communion does however, as you proclaim His death until He comes remember the complete sacrifice of Isaiah 53.
And Jesus was the only one worthy and to open the Lamb’s Book of Life and it is He makes us righteous. It is in Isaiah 53 and Galatians 3:13, He is the only reason we are worthy, and we must have communion with Jesus. And enter His rest, this is the seventh day of our series, so rest is good and we will talk about that as well.
I asked people to join in partial fast, coffee, dessert, or social media, just give up something. Also to take Communion, and read Isaiah 53 everyday in August. Healing is in Him and I believe He wants it in us. Let’s proclaim His death until He comes.
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