Broken Bread and Poured-out Wine

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. [6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. [7] He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (Isaiah 53:5-7)

1. The Holy Communion is the most important sacrament in the New Testament, after baptism. Jesus is the first person to mention the word “testament”. It was on that night at that table where He broke the bread with His disciples and drank the wine with them that He said, “…This cup is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:20). He said this even before going to the cross. Before that He said the bread was His broken for us. He emphasized that the New Testament was ratified in His blood and that as they drank the wine, it was a signification of that blood being shed for our remission. This goes to show us how highly important the Holy Communion is.

2. It is the only thing that Jesus commanded His disciples to do in remembrance of Him. Jesus said, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19). Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He only commanded His disciples to do this significant sacrament in remembrance of Him.

3. The Holy Communion is a proclamation of the vicarious suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Whenever we take it, we are representing, signifying and proclaiming the fact of the Lord’s death until He comes again. We partake of the Lord’s Table to call Him to remembrance. With it comes a future hope of the marriage supper of the Lamb (Jesus Christ): “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. [8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. [9] And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” (Revelation 19:8-9). I believe this was what Jesus referred to on that night when He first took the Holy Communion with His disciples (Matthew 26:29). The Bible says, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:26)

4. The Holy Communion is the reality of the Passover in the New Testament What the Jews had was a shadow of Christ. Every Old Testament ritual or sacrifice has a direct association with Christ is His atoning sacrifice on the Cross. No wonder Jesus said that the Scriptures point to Him. (John 5:39). The law was the shadow; Jesus is the substance. The following reference is rather long. It talks about the first Passover of the Jews. Please read it carefully: “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: [4] And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. [5] Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: [6] And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. [7] And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. [8] And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. [9] Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. [10] And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. [11] And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover. [12] For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord . [13] And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are : and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you , when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:3-13). Now, over in the New Testament, the Word says, “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:” (1 Corinthians 5:7). Christ is our Passover. That means we have redemption in Him. The Communion is a safeguard against every form of evil because it is a physical manifestation of the what was accomplished on the cross for us. Jesus purshased our deliverance on the rugged cross. And as we partake of the Lord’s table, we appropriate the benefits of that finished work in out lives presently.

5. The Holy Communion must not be taken unworthily. Treat it with reverence, as it is sacred. The Bible says, “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. [28] But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. [29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. [30] For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. [31] For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1 Corinthians 11:27-31). Some people joke with everything, even spiritual things. They figure that life is a joke. Well, the Communion is not something to joke with. You need to approach the Lord’s table with all the reverence due to it. Examine yourself, search within your heart and confess your sins unto God. Repent of your sins as you come for the Communion and receive grace to walk in victory as you partake of the Lord’s Table. See it as a moment where the Lord Jesus Himself is with you and is taking the bread and wine with you. 6. Every child of God can take the Holy Communion as often as they can. The benefits of taking the Holy Communion are limitless. But the devil always has a way of perverting the truth so as to hinfmder people from enjoying God’s best. Many have been told, even from the pulpit, that they cannot partake of the Lord’s table if they have not been baptized. But the Scriptures do not prohibit believers who have not been baptized from partaking of the Lord’s table. The only people who are prohibited are those who partake of the table of devils (1 Corinthians 10:21). What if a believer is living in sin? Can they partake of the Lord’s table? It is the Lord’s table, and as such the requirement for being present at that table is a contrite heart. If you have sinned, you must confess your sins to the Lord; He will forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The Lord is more that ready to receive you at His table.

7. The Holy Communion gives you vitality. Jesus said, “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day…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 6:54,58). Those who taken the Communion often live in divine health always. I have heard countless testimonies of people receiving healing instantly as they partook of the Lord’s Table. It imparts strength and vitality to your physic body. That’s because it is the very body of Jesus that we eat when we take the bread. Jesus’ body is infused with divine energy and healing properties. I have personally received strength in moments of weakness when I partook of the Lord’s Table. Did the doctor say you have an incurable disease? Take the Holy Communion today and simply believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ. He is your Healer!

God bless you for reading. Please let me have your testimonies and comments on how helpful this article has been to you by sending an email to fiankosamuel@gmail.com.

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