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Healing (Physical, Emotional, Mental Restoration) Through Communion

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Healing (Physical, Emotional, Mental Restoration) Through Communion


Heal means to make whole, sound, or well; to bring back to health or cure. The stripes that Jesus took provided for our healing. Including deliverance of torment (including from suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, fear, worry…).


Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”


By His stripes we were healed. We can be made whole. We can be made sound. We can be made well. Our health can be restored. Our diseases can be cured.


PRAYER EXAMPLES:

Dear Jesus,
I remember You and the sacrifice You made for me. I remember that Your body was broken and beaten for me. It is by Your stripes that I have healing, restoration, and wholeness. In my mind, body, soul and spirit. Thank You that You paid the price. In Your precious name, Amen.

Dear Father,
Thank-you for taking my sickness upon Your own body. I claim wellness for my entire body, soul and spirit. Every organ, muscle, cell, bone and tissue in my body work in perfection, with no deformities or defects. I walk in perfect health, strength and vitality.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I bind my mind to the mind of Christ and my will to the will of the Father. I bind my feet to the path of righteousness, and I bind myself to the finished work of the cross – healing, salvation and wholeness of my mind, body, soul and spirit.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.


BREAD REPRESENTS HEALING – WOMAN ASKS JESUS TO HEAL HER DAUGHTER.


Matthew 15:21-28 NKJV
“Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”


JESUS – THE ONE WHO CAME
One of the most interesting found on the table set for Passover are the three matzahs place together in a special container – each in a separate compartment. The middle matzah is called the lechen onee (the bread of affliction). The leder takes out the middle matza (the lechem onee) and holds it up and recites Isaiah 53:7.


Isaiah 53:7 NKJV
“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.”


The leader then breaks the matzah in half. Half is wrapped in a white linen cloth and placed in a special cloth bag. This piece is referred to as the afikomen, meaning “I came.”


John 6:35 NKJV
“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”


John 6:57-58 NKJV
“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”


The afikomen is placed aside to be eaten from later on.


Luke 22:19 NKJV
“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.”


After Jesus and His disciples had eaten the meal, He picked up the afikomen, gave thanks, broke the bread, then gave it to His disciples. He told them to eat it in remembrance of Him.

Some Jewish people, after the Passover meal is finished, will keep the uneaten portion of the afikomen. When they are sick they will eat a piece of it and say, “I am healed in the name of the One Who Came.”


BIBLE EXAMPLE: ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH
Zacharias was burning incense before the Lord when an angel of God appeared to him. Zacharius was not just burning incense before God. The room where Zacharias was when the angel appeared to him was the holy place. In the holy place was a golden lampstand, an altar of incense (golden altar) and the table of shewbread. On the table of shewbread sat wine, bread and frankincense. The frankincense would be sprinkled on the golden altar (altar of incense.) This represented prayer, praise and worship to God.

The priest would come into the holy place and take some frankincense (incense) and sprinkle it on the altar. Then he would go back to the table of shewbread and eat some of the bread and drink some of the wine. He was receiving communion. He would then burn some more incense on the golden altar. The actions of the priest are a pattern for communion. Prayer, praise, worship (incense) then the receiving of the elements (bread and juice.)
Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth had no children. The Bible refers to Elizabeth as being barren.


Luke 1:5-22 NKJV
“There was in the days of Harod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. but they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth: For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the father to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’ ”And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am old, and my wife is well advanced in years.’ And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.’ And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and the perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.”


As Zacharias was burning incense before God and receiving communion (bread and wine), he was having an intimate relationship with God. The bread and wine on the table of shewbread was a type of communion. It was during this time that God sent an angel to tell him that his wife would have a baby. God had heard their prayer. God was going to provide healing, victory, and restoration. He meet Zacharias’ need during communion. God can and will do the same thing today.


Luke 1:23-25 NKJV
“So it was, soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

Revelation Through Communion

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Revelation Through Communion

Jesus had walked with the two men on the road to Emmaus all day long but they did not know Him. They had talked with Him, but they had not been intimate with Him.


Luke 24:13-24 NKJV
“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
And He said to them, ‘What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’ Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, ‘Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?’
And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.’ ”


Many people know who Jesus is, and many have conversations with Him, but they do not know Him. They have not had intimacy with Him.


Luke 24:25-29 NKJV
“Then He said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?’ And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, ‘Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.’ And He went in to stay with them.”


Like the men on the road to Emmaus, we must have our eyes opened. When the men received communion (the breaking of the bread) their eyes were opened and they knew Him.


Luke 24:30-35 NKJV
“Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’ So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
saying, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.”


Communion will do the same thing for us today. Communion will:
* draw us into a deeper relationship with Jesus
*give us a deeper revelation of Jesus
*open our spiritual eyes
*strengthen our eternal life – it will cause us to walk closer to the Lord

DRAWING CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH COMMUNION

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DRAWING CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH COMMUNION

Jesus instituted communion (the Lord’s Supper), as we know it today, after His final Passover meal was eaten. Jesus had celebrated many Passover meals before in His life and had even celebrated several with His disciples before this time.

Luke 22:15 NKJV
“Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer’ ”


His final Passover was special and He had awaited it for a long time. It was at His final Passover that He instituted the new covenant. After the meal was eaten, Jesus broke the bread and gave it to them, saying ‘This is My body which is given for you.’ Then He picked up the third cup of wine (the cup of redemption) and said to them, ‘This is the new covenant in My blood which is shed for you.’

The first thing (first works) that the disciples did under the new covenant was to participate in communion.


Luke 22:17-20 NKJV
“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves, for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ 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 is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you’ ”



Communion is much more than just a piece of bread and a sip of juice. During communion we enter into a close spiritual relationship with God. It is a very, very intimate time between you and God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Communion is an act of sharing, a having in common, an exchange of thoughts and feelings, an intimate talk, fellowship, a close spiritual relationship.

Today we receive the same benefits through communion that the Hebrews received through the Passover lamb. When we receive the communion elements (bread and juice) we remember Jesus. The Hebrews ate the body of the lamb and applied the blood of the lamb to their dwelling place. In communion we use two elements: bread and juice. Each one is significant and has it’s own meaning and benefits. Also when the two are brought together, it is very significant and powerful.

STRENGTH THROUGH COMMUNION

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STRENGTH THROUGH COMMUNION

Communion gives spiritual strength for your battles with the enemy. While hiding out from Saul David and his small group of men ran out of food (provisions). David arranged to meet them somewhere and he went to find some food. He went to Nob ( a community of priests) and asked Ahimelech for food.



I Samuel 21:3-5 NKJV
“ ‘Now therefore, what have you on hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or whatever can be found.’ And the priest answered David and said, ‘There is no common bread on hand; but there is holy bread, if the young men have kept themselves from women.’
The David answered the priest, and said to him, ‘Truly, women have been kept from us about three days since I came out. And the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in effect common, even though it was consecrated in the vessel this day.’ ”


The priest gave David the shewbread. It became their “bread of strength.”


I Samuel 21:6 NKJV
“So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.”



It was not lawful for anyone other than the priest to eat the shewbread but the priest realized that it was important to keep the spirit of the law.



Matthew 12:3-4 NKJV

“But He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those with him: how they entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?”


If you are like David’s men (you are fighting a battle and seem to be growing weaker) you need to receive communion.
When the Hebrews left Egypt there was not one feeble, sick, lame or weak person among them. This was because of what they had done the night before. They had received “communion” the night before. They had eaten the Passover lamb and applied it’s blood to their house.


Psalm 105:37 NKJV
“He brought them out with silver and gold,
And there was none feeble among His tribes.”

Communion

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The greatest unused and underused gift that the church has been given is communion. Jesus Himself said do this in remembrance of Him. What are we to remember you might ask. We are to remember that HE IS OUR PASSOVER LAMB. The last meal He had before His arrest and crucifixion was a Passover meal.
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During the meal Jesus took the center piece of bread out of the special container called a unity. He lifted up this piece of bread, known as the lechem onee, or bread of affliction, then He broke it in half . One half of it become the afikomen , also known as the One Who Came. Jesus would have wrapped this piece of bread up in a linen cloth and placed it in a different cloth container. Later in the seder (meal) the afikomen is the piece of bread that Jesus took and lifted up saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”


Isaiah 53:5
“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.”


During the meal Jesus and His disciples would have drank from four different cups: the cup of sanctification, the cup of thanksgiving, the cup of redemption, the cup of completion/cup of praise.
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It was the cup of redemption that they were about to drink when Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you.”
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The Passover celebration commemorates when God delivered His people out of Egypt. In other words they recall or remember how God delivered them. Throughout Exodus it gives an account of everything that the Passover lamb provided – deliverance, safety, protection, provision, favor, direction, healing, strength, and much more. Prior to leaving Egypt the people killed the Passover lamb (one without spot or blemish), placed the blood on their doorway, and ate the lamb. Everyone in the house ate of the lamb, from the youngest baby to the oldest elder. Jesus is our PASSOVER LAMB. Everything that the first lamb provided, Jesus provides.


Psalm 103:1-5 NKJV
“Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”


1 Corinthians 11:23-25 NKJV
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”


In Psalms 103 we are told not to forget all God’s benefits and Jesus said to take the bread and drink in remembrance of Him. But many throughout the body of Christ don’t remember and they have forgotten.


1 Corinthians 11:27-32 NKJV
“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”


When you take the elements for the wrong reason it is taking them in an unworthy manner. You don’t take the elements for show or to be seen, or with the mind set that it‘s just a piece of bread and a few drops of juice. You take them as a memorial or a remembrance of Jesus, your PASSOVER LAMB. In 1 Corinthians we are told that there are many people who are sick because they do not understand the Lord’s body – His body was broken and beaten for our healing. Jesus took upon Himself all our infirmities.


Matthew 8:16-17 NKJV
“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”


1 Peter 2:25 NKJV
“—by whose stripes you were healed.”


In 1 Corinthians we are also told that many sleep (are dead) because they did not discern the Lord’s body. That little short statement is very sad. How many people have been prayed for over and over only to have died because the gift of healing that was given through Jesus’ body was never accessed? Although Paul was the author of 1 Corinthians, it was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So when you read that statement it is like God saying, “If you do not realize (discern) what My Son, Jesus, provided for you through His body and His blood then you are going to be weak, sick and just might die.”
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Jesus’ blood was for redemption. Through His blood we are bought back and have been redeemed from the curse. No longer are we a slave to Satan, evil or the world, we are restored back into God’s family – we are His child and He is our Father. When we take of the cup we remember that we were one in sin but that God has brought us out of bondage through our PASSOVER LAMB, Jesus. It is also a time to remember that we are part of the bride of Christ, that our bridegroom (Jesus) is away preparing a home for us, and that He will return for us. And it is a time that we vow to prepare to be His bride, one without spot or wrinkle – that we will keep our wedding garment clean and that we will be found pure when He returns for us.
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There is power in the gift of communion. Just like all gifts, if left unwrapped or unused it is of no valve to you. The power of communion comes when you partake of the elements knowing what they represent and what they are for.
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So many people today are sick, worried about getting sick, depressed, fearful, unsure of what to do, lacking provisions, needing deliverance from something, needing safety and protection, without peace, desiring favor, and lacking direction. All of these needs can be provided for in communion. Jesus has already provided for our needs but it’s up to us to open the gift.

JESUS IS MY EVERYTHING

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JESUS IS MY EVERYTHING

As you take the communion elements, with your mind and heart focused on Jesus, everything that He has given you through His body and blood will become very real to you.
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It is in that intimate place that you are filled with an overwhelming confidence that …
JESUS IS MY REDEEMER
JESUS IS MY HEALER
JESUS IS MY PEACE
JESUS IS MY STRENGTH
JESUS IS MY SHELTER
JESUS IS MY PROTECTOR
JESUS IS MY PROVIDER
JESUS IS THE PROVIDER OF MY FAVOR
JESUS IS MY JOY
JESUS IS MY EVERYTHING!

Discern

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Discern

When taking communion we must discern what we are doing. Each one of us must know what it is and why they are doing it. It is not complicated, even a very small child can understand and participate in the Lord’s supper.
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Discern means to perceive or recognize something. It also means to distinguish someone or something or to tell the difference between. If a person fails to discern what they are doing when taking the Lord’s supper, communion, they won’t receive the benefits that Jesus has already paid for.
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We must discern the manner in which we take the Lords Supper, and we must discern the difference between the body and the blood.
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The Manner In Which You Take Communion Matters
The Lord’s supper was to be the center of worship – a time to remember Jesus – what Jesus has done and what He is going to do.
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1 Corinthians 11:17-22 NKJV
“ Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.”
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The Corinthians were not receiving the Lord’s supper in the correct manner (unworthy manner) and that displeased God
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The manner in which the Corinthians were taking the Lord’s supper, communion, was considered unworthy because when they came together they were making the meal a time of overeating and getting drunk. What was intended to be a time of unity and reflecting on all that Jesus paid for had become a time of disunity and all about self. What was intended to be the centerpiece of worship was turned into a sinful practice .
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Discern The Difference Between The Body And The Blood

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV
“ For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, 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 till He comes.

When we read the above verse many times we miss a lot of the meaning concerning what was really taking place at Jesus’ last meal, which was a Passover meal. It was a Passover seder, which means there was a certain order to the meal. During a seder the people would eat from the bread and drink from the cup several times, with each time having it’s own symbolism and meaning.
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On the Passover table would have been a special three part container for the bread / matzah, called the unity. Earlier in the meal Jesus had taken the bread that was in the middle section (lechem onee, meaning bread of affliction) out. He had broken it in half, wrapped it up in a linen napkin and placed half of it in another special container. This special half then became the afikomen which mean “He who comes.” After the actual meal / food was eaten Jesus took the afikomen out of the container, blessed it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” After the disciples had eaten the bread Jesus picked up the third cup of wine known as the cup of redemption. As He held up this cup He said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
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There is a difference between the body of Jesus and the blood of Jesus. He gave both for a reason. By giving His body He provided healing, of EVERY TYPE. By giving His blood, He provided redemption. If Jesus had only given His blood that would have been enough for our salvation. We would have had a way of being restored into a right relationship with God, but we would have still lived in a world where the is sickness and disease. By giving His body He paid for our healing.
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God tells us that Jesus is our Passover Lamb. As you read about the first Passover lamb (in Exodus) you will see that the benefits of the first Passover lamb ware endless (healing, strength, vitality, favor, protection, deliverance from bondage, direction / guidance, provision, a closer relationship with God…) And so it is true with our Passover Lamb, Jesus. He has already provided EVERYTHING that we need – for this life and the one to come.
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Jesus’ Body
The bread / matzah represents Jesus’ body. When we eat it we are to remember what He paid for with His body. Matzah is unleavened, it is striped and it is pierced. Jesus was sinless, He was striped and He was pierced. All the stripes and wounds that He received in His body was for us, for our healing – body, soul (mind, will, emotions) and spirit.
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Jesus’ Blood
The third cup of wine at the Passover meal was the Cup of Redemption. It came with the promise of , “I well redeem you.”
One meaning of redeem means to buy back. Jesus gave Himself as the redemption price for each one of us. We were in slavery / bondage to sin/Satan but Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer, purchased us with His very own blood. However, redemption covers many needs.
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Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
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Examine Yourself
God tells us what an unworthy manner is (remember the Corinthians) and that we are to judge, or examine, ourselves to make sure that we are taking the Lord’s supper for the right reason.

1 Corinthians 11:27-34
“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.”

 

If we take the communion elements for the right reason then we will reap the many benefits that Jesus paid for, if not we won’t. God tells us that because many fail to discern and as a result many are weak, sick and some have died.
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Jesus Paid It All
As we read the following verses we can truly see that Jesus paid it all – He paid for everything that concerns us. He is the Great I Am. Anything you have need of has already been paid for.

Isaiah 53:4-6
“Surely He has borne griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

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As you take the communion elements, with your mind and heart focused on Jesus, everything that He has given you through His body and blood will become very real to you. It is in that intimate place that you are filled with an overwhelming confidence that …
JESUS IS MY REDEEMER
JESUS IS MY HEALER
JESUS IS MY PEACE
JESUS IS MY STRENGTH
JESUS IS MY SHELTER
JESUS IS MY PROTECTOR
JESUS IS MY PROVIDER
JESUS IS THE PROVIDER OF MY FAVOR
JESUS IS MY JOY
JESUS IS MY EVERYTHING!

Zacharias was burning incense… What was he REALLY doing and how do it apply to my life?

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Zacharias was burning incense… What was he REALLY doing and how do it apply to my life?

Zacharias was burning incense before the Lord when an angel of God appeared to him. However, Zacharius was not just burning incense before God, he was having communion ( an intimate time) with God.
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The room where Zacharias was when the angel appeared to him was the holy place. In the holy place was a golden lampstand, an altar of incense (golden altar) and the table of shewbread. On the table of shewbread sat wine, bread and frankincense.
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In the holy place the priest would sprinkle frankincense on the golden altar. This physical act represented prayer, praise and worship to God. He would then go back to the table of shewbread and eat some of the bread and drink some of the wine. The eating of the bread and drinking of the wine represented the communion elements. The priest continually repeated this process the entire time he was in the holy place – burn incense on the golden altar, eat the bread and drink the juice from the table of shewbread. The actions of the priest are a pattern for communion. Prayer, praise, worship (incense) then the receiving of the communion elements (bread and juice.)
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Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth had no children. The Bible refers to Elizabeth as being barren.
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Luke 1:5-22 NKJV
“There was in the days of Harod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. but they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth: For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the father to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’ ”And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am old, and my wife is well advanced in years.’ And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.’ And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and the perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.”
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As Zacharias was burning incense before God and receiving communion (bread and wine), he was having an intimate relationship with God. And he was ministering to God. It was during this time that God sent an angel to tell him that his wife would have a baby. God had heard their prayer. God was going to provide healing, victory, and restoration. He meet Zacharias’ need during communion. God can and will do the same thing today.
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Luke 1:23-25 NKJV
“So it was, soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”
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God wants to minister to us just like He did Zacharias. God wants to meet our needs, but first, we must minister to Him.