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THE HOLY COMMUNION

THE HOLY COMMUNION

Sakkie Parsons

Translated from Afrikaans:  “Die Heilige Nagmaal”

Someone asked me about the Holy Communion.

I then sent him the following which I share with you. Maybe there is also someone you know who is pondering on the Holy Communion.
These days, there are people who brood over many things.
There are even people in the world and also in South Africa who question the virgin birth of Jesus as well as His resurrection from the dead and these are people who identify themselves as great theologians.
My personal opinion is that they have accumulated so much information in their heads without a true and loving relationship with our LORD, that the following passage from God's Word can surely be applied to them:

1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-31
18  For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19  For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."
20  Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
22  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,
23  but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
24  but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26  For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
28  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
29  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
30  He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
31  Therefore, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

Here then is in a nutshell how I understand and experience the Holy Communion in my heart.
The history of the Lord's Supper begin in Egypt:
 

EXODUS 12  The Passover 
1  The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
2  "This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.
3  Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household.
4  And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb.
5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats,
6  and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.
7  "Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
8  They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.
9  Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts.
10  And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn.
11  In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD's Passover.
12  For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.
13  The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
14  "This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.
15  Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
16  On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you.
17  And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever.

This was the institution or law that God gave to Moses and all Israelites had to keep it every year.

The Law, however, was our chastener to Christ:

GAL 3:23-29
23  Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.
24  So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.
25  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,
We are now God's children
26  for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
27  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29  And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

Jesus knew that He was going to be slain for us, so He established the Holy Communion.

MATTHEW 26:26-29
26  Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."
27  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you,
28  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
29  I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."

Our Passover lamb was slaughtered for us once and for all.

1 COR 5:7-8
7  Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
8  Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Our Lord instructed Paul to teach us well about the Lord's Supper and it is a good habit to read the passage often in 1 Corinthians 11 as the Holy Communion is a very sacred ceremony, which should not under any circumstances be taken lightly:

1 COR 11:23-34
23  For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,
24  and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
25  In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
27  Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.
28  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29  For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
30  That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.
31  But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.
32  But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
33  So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another--
34  if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home--so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

I conclude with a good example from the Word of how the first Christians made the Holy Communion, that Jesus instituted, part of their lives:

ACTS 2:46  “The first church in Jerusalem - an inspiring example.  

46  “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, …”

Footnote: Basic text breaking the bread. "The breaking of the bread" was one of the very first names for the Lord's Supper.  

Have a wonderful day,

Greetings,
Sakkie
 

Email: bediening@sakkieparsons.co.za
Website: www.sakkieparsons.co.za
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Jude 1:24-25 „To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy, to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (TNIV)”

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