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Communion Is Worship

Communion means intimate fellowship or partnership. The dictionary describes communion as the act of sharing (having in common), an exchange of thoughts and feelings, an intimate time together, fellowship, and a close spiritual relationship. Communion is also referred to as the Lord’s supper, love feast, breaking of the bread, meat and drink offering, or first works.

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. When we receive the communion elements (bread and juice) we are to remember Jesus – what He has done for us and what He is going to do for us. We also look forward to His return to take His bride home and we commit fresh and anew our commitment to prepare to be His bride. When we receive the communion elements (bread / juice) we enter into a very special (sacred) time with God.

1 Corinthians 11:25-26 NIV
“In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is
the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

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’ ”

Communion is not a magic formula or any mystical. It is a time of reflection. Communion is not to be worshipped – God is to be worshipped in and through communion.

Numbers 21:4-9 NKJV
“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.
Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”
So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”

When bitten by a serpent, the people were to look at the bronze serpent on the pole and they would be healed. However, after a period of time the people began to worship the bronze serpent instead of God. In the same sense, we are to worship the God that gave us communion as a means of being healed, not the communion elements themselves.

We live in a fallen world and because of that there are diseases, sicknesses and sin. The threefold atoning work of Jesus brought healing for our body, soul and spirit. During communion you should reflect on the reality that Jesus took your sicknesses and your sin. Make it personal – even in the midst of a crowd.

1 Corinthians 10:15-16 NKJV
“I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 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, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”

Communion is a time of sharing, a time of exchange, a time of close spiritual relationship, and a time of fellowship.

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Dear Father,
Thank-you for giving Your Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for our sins. Through Jesus we have the privilege of having an intimate relationship with You. Thank-you for the atoning work of Jesus which brought healing for our body, soul and spirit. Help us to fully understand the reality that Jesus took our sicknesses and our sin. May we never worship communion, but let us worship You in communion. By the power of the Holy Spirit, reveal to us everything that we have been given through communion. As we receive communion cause us to remember Jesus – what He has done for us and what He is going to do for us. May we also look forward to His return to take us, His bride, home. And we commit fresh and anew our commitment to prepare to be His bride.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

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I. What Is Communion?
Communion means intimate fellowship or partnership.
The dictionary describes communion as the act of sharing (having in common), an exchange of thoughts and feelings, an intimate time together, fellowship, and a close spiritual relationship. Communion is also referred to as the Lord’s supper, love feast, breaking of the bread, meat and drink offering, or first works.

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. When we receive the communion elements (bread and juice) we are to remember Jesus – what He has done for us and what He is going to do for us. We also look forward to His return to take His bride home and we commit fresh and anew our commitment to prepare to be His bride. When we receive the communion elements (bread / juice) we enter into a very special (sacred) time with God.

1 Corinthians 11:25-26 NIV
“In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is
the new covenant in My blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

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’ ”

Communion is not a magic formula or any mystical. It is a time of reflection. Communion is not to be worshipped – God is to be worshipped in and through communion.

Numbers 21:4-9 NKJV
“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”

When bitten by a serpent, the people were to look at the bronze serpent on the pole and they would be healed. However, after a period of time the people began to worship the bronze serpent instead of God. In the same sense, we are to worship the God that gave us communion as a means of being healed, not the communion elements themselves.

We live in a fallen world and because of that there are diseases, sicknesses and sin. The threefold atoning work of Jesus brought healing for our body, soul and spirit. During communion you should reflect on the reality that Jesus took your sicknesses and your sin. Make it personal – even in the midst of a crowd.

1 Corinthians 10:15-16 NKJV
“I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say.
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, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”

Communion is a time of sharing, a time of exchange, a time of close spiritual relationship, and a time of fellowship.

A. COMMUNION IS A TIME OF SHARING.
Share means to use, enjoy, or have something in common with another. Share emphasizes the idea of common possession, enjoyment, and use.

Romans 8:15-17 NKJV
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

Communion is a time to remember that you share an inheritance with Jesus because of what He did for you. We are joint heirs with Christ. Those who have received the salvation that Jesus paid for are the sons of God. They have been adopted into the family of God. Because of this adoption, they will receive an eternal reward (inheritance). God has already set aside a wonderful inheritance for each believer in heaven.

1 Peter 1:3-5 NKJV
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

B. COMMUNION IS AN EXCHANGE OF THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS.
We are made of three parts: body, soul and spirit. And our soul is made of three parts: mind, will, and emotions.

Exchange is to give one thing for another or to substitute one thing for another. When we exchange something we replace it. Communion should be a time of exchange. During communion we should exchange our mind, will, and emotions for those of Christ.

1. Mind:
Our mind is part of our soul. During communion we can exchange our mind for that of Christ. Communion is a time of renewing your mind.
Communion is a time of renewing your mind. It is very important for us to have the mind of Christ. When we have the mind of Christ we can resist the temptations of this world. We will also see ourselves as God sees us.

Romans 12:2 NKJV
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

When we have the mind of Christ we will strive to be obedient to the Father, just as Christ was obedient to the Father. Obedience comes from having the mind of Christ. Humility will also be part of our life as we take on the mind of Christ. All of our actions begin with a thought (within our minds).
Having the mind of Christ is important for the corporate body as well as the individual believer. We must think and act like Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:6 NKJV
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”

Romans 8:5-8 NKJV
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal minded life is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 NKJV
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

When we have the mind of Christ:
We can resist the temptations of this world.
We see ourselves as God sees us.
We will strive to be obedient.
We will delight in doing God’s will.

During communion you can exchange your worries and fears for the peace of God. As we keep our focus on God we will be at peace no matter what we see, feel or experience. When we have the mind of Christ we will be at peace. It will be a perfect peace, one that comes only from God.

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.”

2. Will:
Our will is part of our soul. During communion we can exchange our will for that of Christ. Will is described as the power of the mind to decide and do; deliberate control over our thoughts and actions; purpose; determination; what is chosen to be done; a legal statement of a person‘s wishes, feeling toward another

Communion is a time of exchanging our will, our hopes, our dreams and our goals for those of God.

John 4:34 NKJV
“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”

Jesus desired to do the will of the Father, and we too should desire the same. Jesus delighted (desired greatly) and was determined to do what His Father wished.

Psalms 40:8 NKJV
“I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is written within my heart.”

Communion is a wonderful time to hear the voice of God as His Spirit teaches and instructs you to do His will.

Psalms 143:10 NKJV
“Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God; Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.”

Communion is a time when we can rededicate our lives to God and renew our commitment to Him. It is a time when we can express our desire to do His will and not our own. Like Jesus, each one of us must come to a point in our lives when we say, “Not my will Lord, but Yours.”

Luke 22:42 NKJV
“…Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

3. Emotions:
Our emotions is part of our soul. During communion we can exchange our emotions for that of Christ.
Our emotions are the tender and sensitive part of us. Emotion can be described as feelings, passion, and pleasant or painful sensations produced in a person in reaction to something. Examples of these sensations are: love, joy, grief, fear, hate, anger, excitement, or sorrow. Communion is a time when we should exchange our emotions, our feeling, and our passions for those of Christ. We will begin to love what Jesus loved, hate what Jesus hated, feel sorrow about the things that Jesus felt sorrow over and be passionate about the things that Jesus was passionate over.

Jesus experienced anger over the hardness of people’s hearts.

Mark 3:5 NKJV
“And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts…”

Jesus experienced anger over the deplorable conditions and despicable conduct in God’s house.

Mark 11:15-16 NKJV
“So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple.”

Jesus was amazed at people’s unbelief.

Mark 6:5-6 NKJV
“Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.”

Jesus felt compassion.

Luke 7:11-15 NKJV
“Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.”

Mark 8:1-3 NKJV
“In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.”

Mark 6:33-4 NKJV
“But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.”

Jesus felt frustration and displeasure with others.

Mark 10:13-16 NKJV
“Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.
Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”

Jesus rejoiced in His spirit.

Luke:10:21 NKJV
“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.”

Jesus felt agony.

Luke 22:44 NKJV
“And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

Jesus wept.

John 11:35 NKJV
“Jesus wept.”

C. COMMUNION IS A TIME OF CLOSE SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP
Communion is a very intimate time with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The dictionary describes intimate as very familiar; known very well; closely acquainted; resulting from close familiarity; close; personal; private; far within; deepest; inmost; a close friend.
Communion is truly a very special, personal and private (even when in a corporate setting) time between you and your very best friend that takes place deep within your inmost being. As we draw close to God (intimate with) He will fill us with living water. There will be a river of living water coming out of those who are intimate with God. It will satisfy not only them, but others may drink from the water and be satisfied.

John 7:37-38 NKJV
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Because of your intimacy with God, He will guide you, satisfy you and strengthen you. It is only natural to want to bless the ones that you are intimate with. The Holy Spirit will satisfy our thirst and produce a fountain flowing out of us for others.

Isaiah 58:11 NKJV
“The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

D. COMMUNION IS A TIME OF FELLOWSHIP
Communion is a time when you can experience true fellowship with the Trinity. Fellowship is a condition or quality of being a member; companionship; friendship; a being one of the group; membership; brotherhood.

1 John 1:6-7 NKJV
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

When you have fellowship with someone you will reflect their character. Our fellowship with God is dependent on walking in the light of God. In God’s light sin can be revealed (by the Holy Spirit). When the Holy Spirit exposes sin we can go to Jesus for forgiveness. God can, and will, reveal sin or bad habits to you even during communion. Communion can be a wonderful time of forgiveness and restoration.

Communion is a time of sharing.
Communion is a time of exchange.
Communion is a time of close spiritual relationship.
Communion is a time of fellowship.

 

II. The Passover Lamb

A. The Hebrews And The Passover Lamb – The Story Of The Exodus

We can gain insights and a better understanding on communion by studying the account of the Hebrews exodus from Egypt.

The Hebrews were slaves suffering great cruelty under Pharaoh. God had heard their cries and He sent Moses to deliver them from bondage. Moses went to Pharaoh and gave him the message from God to let His people go, however Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he would not listen. After God had sent nine plagues, He gave Moses and Aaron instructions for the Hebrews to follow so that they would be spared from the effects of the tenth and final plague – death to the firstborn (of man and animals).

Exodus 12:1-13 NKJV

“Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
“This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.  And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’S Passover. ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike 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. Now 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 the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”

Exodus 12:21-30 NKJV

“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.
And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. It will come to pass when you come to the land which the Lord will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service. And it shall be, when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped. Then the children of Israel went away and did so; just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did. And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.”

The evening that the tenth plague was to occur, the Hebrews ate the body of the lamb and applied the blood of the lamb to their dwelling place, just as God had instructed. They received many benefits from the lamb – deliverance from Egypt, freedom from slavery, freedom from oppression, protection from death, health, strength, vitality, favor, possessions, provisions, freedom to worship God, direction, guidance, joy for sorrow, divine intervention, freedom from bondage, and the list goes on and on.

Exodus 12:31-36 NKJV

“Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also.” And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.” So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”

Deuteronomy 29:5 NKJV

“And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.”

A few of the benefits that the Hebrews received through the Passover lamb were: deliverance from Egypt, freedom from slavery, freedom from oppression, protection from the destroyer, health, strength, vitally, favor, divine intervention, freedom from bondage, and freedom to worship the one true God.

Today we receive the same benefits through communion that the Hebrews received through the Passover lamb, because Jesus is our Passover Lamb. We too can receive deliverance from sin, freedom from the bondage of sin, freedom from oppression, protection from the destroyer, health, strength, vitally, favor, divine intervention, freedom from bondage, and freedom to worship the one true God.

B. God Healed And Sustained The Hebrews

When the Hebrews left Egypt every Hebrew was healed.

Psalm 105:37 NKJV

“He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes.”

During the forty years that Hebrews wandered through the wilderness God sustained them with manna. The manna that God gave the Hebrews was a prophetic sign of the upcoming Savior (Messiah).

Numbers 11:4-9 NKJV

“Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its color like the color of bdellium. The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, cooked it in pans, and made cakes of it; and its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared with oil. And when the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it.”

John 6:30 NKJV

“Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 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. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

MANNA:

MANNA WAS BEATEN

THE PEOPLE HAD EXACTLY ENOUGH.

MANNA CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN WHITE

SENT FROM THE FATHER TO THE PEOPLE

GAVE LIFE

WAS STRIPED

WAS TO BE EATEN EVERY DAY

JESUS:

JESUS WAS BEATEN

JESUS GIVES YOU EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED.

JESUS CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN PURE

SENT FROM THE FATHER TO THE PEOPLE

GAVE LIFE

WAS STRIPED

WAS TO BE EATEN EVERY DAY – WE NEED DAILY BREAD

The manna sustained the Hebrews for forty years, through all their trials and tests. Jesus, the Bread of Life, will do the same for us.

In the Bible, forty symbolizes trials or testings. God will sustain you through trials/testings through communion.

C. Passover Points To Jesus

Passover reminded the Hebrews of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. God had passed through Egypt, and the oldest child of every household had died – except those who had obeyed God by putting blood from a spotless lamb on the doorposts.

Exodus 12:13 NKJV

“Now 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 the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”

As a result, the Hebrews were released from their bondage. They were freed. To help the people remember what He had done, and to point them to the Messiah, God instituted the Passover celebration.

Exodus 12:14 NKJV

“So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.”

Passover is a shadow of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God, on the cross. Jesus Christ was crucified during an annual observance of the Passover in Jerusalem. Jesus was sacrificed on Calvary at the same time as the Passover lambs were being slain in the temple.

Just as the blood on the doorposts freed the Hebrews from the death angel, so the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has set us free from the bondage of sin and Satan.

1 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

“Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”

The blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sin and releases us from the punishment of sin.

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

D. Jesus And The Passover Lamb

A few things that the Passover lamb and Jesus have in common:

1. On Palm Sunday the priest would carry the Passover lamb that would be sacrificed for the people through town. When the people saw the priest and the lamb parading down the streets they would come out and surround him, waving palm branches and crying out, “Hosanna.”

Right behind this procession Jesus, the true Passover Lamb, came riding into town on a donkey.

When the people saw Jesus they ran and surrounded Him, crying out, “Hosanna.” Meaning, deliver us now.

2. The Passover lamb was to have no impurities. Jesus was had no impurities.

3. God had commanded the people to keep the Passover lamb in front of the temple area for four days. During this time it was examined by the people to see if it was fit to be the Passover lamb, It could not have any blemishes or faults. It had to be perfect.

After Jesus came into town on Palm Sunday, He went to the temple for four days prior to His crucifixion. During these four days He was questioned and examined by the priest and the people.

4. The Passover lamb (in Exodus) was cooked whole on a wooden stick that resembled a cross. Jesus was crucified on a cross.

5. Jesus was crucified at the same time the Passover lamb was sacrificed.

6. No bones were to be broken in the Passover lamb. None of Jesus’ bones were broken.

 

E. Jesus’ Final Passover

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’ ”

In the garden and on the cross, Jesus saw every sickness, illness and disease, and He was willing to pay the price for them for all eternity. Jesus took upon Himself every sickness and every sin.

III. Benefits Received Through Communion

1 Corinthians 11:29-30 NKJV

‘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.”

Discern means to detect with senses other than vision, to recognize or identify as separate and distinct, or to see or understand the difference. On the day of Jesus’ crucifixion He gave both His body and blood for us.

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

A few benefits received through communion are: restoration, healing (for our body, soul and spirit), favor, revelation, strength.

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.”

Matthew 8:14-17 NKJV

“Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. 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.”

Through communion we can have spiritual, mental and physical healing. Remember we are three parts: body, soul and spirit. When you take communion you should claim (lay hold of) total healing in your body, soul and spirit – every organ, cell and function.

Daily communion can keep you from getting sick. It can also keep you in a sound mind.

A. Body of Christ

The bread represents the body of Jesus Christ. Jesus declared Himself as the Bread of Life.

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 6:48 NKJV

“I am the bread of life.”

Through taking the bread in communion there is restoration, healing, favor, revelation, strength. Many sleep spiritually and physically (death / sickness) because they do not discern the Lord’s body. They failed to recognize the power there is in the body and blood of Jesus.

1 Corinthians 11:29-30 NKJV

“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.”

  1. 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.”

  1. Favor Through Communion

We can obtain favor with our enemy through taking communion.

BIBLE EXAMPLE: THE HEBREWS LEAVING EGYPT

The Israelites obeyed God. They had taken the blood of the lamb and put it over their doorway and cooked and eaten the lamb the way that God had instructed them to. Because of this they were not only safe when the death angel passed over, they received favor.

Exodus 12:29-35 NKJV

“And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, ‘Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians urged the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste. For they said, ‘We shall all be dead.’ So the people took their dough before it was leavened, having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing.”

The Israelites left Egypt with treasures because the Lord had given them favor with the Egyptians.

Exodus 12:36 NKJV

“And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”

  1. Revelation Through Communion

Communion will draw us into a deeper relationship with Jesus, give us a deeper revelation of Jesus, open our spiritual eyes, and strengthen our eternal life- it will cause us to walk closer to the Lord.

BIBLE EXAMPLE: two men on the road to Emmaus

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.’ ”

Jesus had walked with these 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 24:25-29 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.”

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.

 

Like the men on the road to Emmaus, we must have our eyes opened. When the men received the communion elements (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 sharpen your senses.

  1. Strength Through Communion

Communion gives spiritual strength for your battles with the enemy.

BIBLE EXAMPLE: DAVID AND HIS SMALL GROUP OF MEN

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.’ Then 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 eaten the Passover lamb and applied it’s blood to their house. In essence, they had received communion the night before. The Passover lamb was a type of communion – it pointed to Jesus, our Passover Lamb.

Psalm 105:37 NKJV

“He brought them out with silver and gold,

And there was none feeble among His tribes.”

B. Blood of Christ

The juice represents the blood of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER EXAMPLE:

Dear Jesus,

I remember You.

I remember how Your blood was shed for me.

I remember how You hung on the cross for me.

I remember how You died and rose again for me,

So that I could be redeemed.

Help me to prepare to be Your bride.

In Your precious name, Amen.

 

CUP OF REDEMPTION

During the Passover meal they drink from their cups of wine (juice) four times. The first time is the Cup Of Sanctification, the second cup is the Cup Of Thanksgiving, the third cup is the Cup Of Redemption, and the fourth cup is the Cup Of Completion/Cup Of Praise.

It was the third cup (The Cup Of Redemption) that Jesus held up and said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

Luke 22:20 NKJV

“Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

BLOOD OF CHRIST

It’s Jesus’ blood that cleanses us, that gives us life, that took our place, that redeems us, that washes us whiter than snow. When receiving the juice in communion we should remember what the blood of Jesus has done for us and what it is going to do for us. Through taking the juice we can receive protection, salvation (spiritual restoration) and life. We also make a commitment during this time.

  1. Protection through the blood of Christ.

Prior to the Israelites leaving Egypt the destroyer passed over the homes that had the blood of the lamb applied to the door posts. In the homes where the blood was applied the people were protected from death.

During communion we are to remember that we have protection through the blood of Christ.

Exodus 12:13 NKJV

“Now 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 the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”

Each time we take the juice in communion it is a reminder (sign, memorial or symbol) that we have protection through the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).

Exodus 12:21-24 NKJV

“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, ‘Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a branch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your house to strike you. And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever.”

To the Hebrews the blood provided deliverance and protection from death. They received protection from the destroyer.

A few Destroyers in the world today : drugs, alcohol, divorce, abuse, hatred, poverty, mental illness, depression, suicide, division, discord, anxiety, fear, torment, insomnia, inferiority, rejection…

 

  1. Salvation

During communion we are to be thankful that we have received salvation. The Greek word for salvation is soteria and the word for saved is soso. In essence it means healing of our body, forgiveness of sins and deliverance from torment.

Acts 4:8-12 NKJV

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

We are saved through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:4-10 NKJV

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Romans 10:12-13 NKJV

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Romans 5:6-11 NKJV

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

  1. Remission of sins

Through the blood of Christ we have remission of sins.

Isaiah 1:18 NKJV

“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’

Says the Lord,

‘Though your sins are like scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool.’ ”

It’s Jesus blood that cleanses us. Through Jesus we can receive remission (forgiveness, pardon) of our sins.

 

Hebrews 9:22 NKJV

“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

When we receive the gift of salvation we are delivered from sin and from the punishment for sin. Once we truly repent those sins (transgressions) are remembered no more.

Psalm 103:12 NKJV

“As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

 

  1. Life through the blood of Christ.

During communion we are to remember and be thankful that we have life through the blood of Jesus. It’s His blood that gives us life. Without the blood of Christ we would be dead in our sins. The life of the flesh is in the blood.

Leviticus 17:11 NKJV

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the alter to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”

 

  1. Substitution through the blood of Christ.

It was the blood of Jesus that took our place. He willingly took the punishment (penalty) that was rightfully ours. During communion we are to be thankful that Jesus took our place.

Hebrews 9:12-14 NKJV

“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanses your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

God loved us so much that He gave His one and only Son to take our place. To save us from the penalty of sin.

John 3:16-17 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

  1. Redemption through the blood of Christ.

One meaning of redeemed is to be seen as before. During communion we should be thankful that we have been redeemed.

Redeem also mean to buy something back or to buy a slaves freedom. Jesus’ blood redeemed us from sin. When we were in sin we were a slave to Satan, but Jesus bought us back.

I Corinthians 6:20 NKJV

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

 

  1. Precious sacrifice through the blood of Christ – restored backed into a right relationship with God.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Everyone has sinned and because of that sin we were separated from the manifest presence of the Lord (the glory of the Lord.) Jesus Christ was a very precious sacrifice. Because of Him we no longer have to be separated from the glory of the Lord. During communion we should be thankful that through Jesus’ sacrifice we are no longer separated from God.

Hebrews 9:24-26 NKJV

“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but in heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another- He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”

 

  1. Commitment through the blood of Christ.

When we take the cup during communion we are making a vow to prepare to be the bride of Christ. Throughout the Bible when a commitment (promise or vow) was made it was sealed by drinking wine. Each time we drink the juice in communion we are committing to prepare ourselves to be the bride of Christ.

 

EXAMPLE: COVENANTS WERE SEALED WITH WINE AND BREAD

Genesis 14:18-21 NKJV

“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.”

 

EXAMPLE: COVENANTS ARE TAKEN SERIOUS BY GOD

Covenants can be described as vows, agreements or promises. When we make a vow we must keep it. God takes vows, agreements or promises very serious. And so must we.

Numbers 30:2 NKJV

“If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”

Deuteronomy 23:21-23 NKJV

“When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. But if you abstain from vowing, it shall not be sin to you. That which has gone from your lips you shall keep and perform, for you voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised with your mouth.”

Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 NKJV

“When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it;

For He has no pleasure in fools.

Pay what you have vowed—

Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.”

Jephthah made a vow to the Lord

Judges 11:30-40 NKJV

“And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands, then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’S, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.”

So Jephthah advanced toward the people of Ammon to fight against them, and the Lord delivered them into his hands. And he defeated them from Aroer as far as Minnith—twenty cities—and to Abel Keramim, with a very great slaughter. Thus the people of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.

When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only child. Besides her he had neither son nor daughter. And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among those who trouble me! For I have given my word to the Lord, and I cannot go back on it.”

So she said to him, “My father, if you have given your word to the Lord, do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, because the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon.” Then she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me: let me alone for two months, that I may go and wander on the mountains and bewail my virginity, my friends and I.”

So he said, “Go.” And he sent her away for two months; and she went with her friends, and bewailed her virginity on the mountains. And it was so at the end of two months that she returned to her father, and he carried out his vow with her which he had vowed. She knew no man.

And it became a custom in Israel that the daughters of Israel went four days each year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.”

 

EXAMPLE OF A COMMITMENT (VOW): A JEWISH ENGAGEMENT

The first step in a Jewish wedding was the arrangement. The father of the groom arranged the match. The family sometimes sent a servant or matchmaker to find a wife for their son. This step could even occur when the bride and groom were children. Often the bride and groom would not meet each other until the day of the wedding.

When a Jewish man found a woman that he wanted for his bride he would go to her father and make an offer. The man would tell the father what he would give in exchange for allowing his daughter to marry him (dowry). After the father agreed to accept the offer, he poured a glass of wine and then called his daughter into the room. The father would then tell his daughter that an offer had been made for her hand in marriage, and he would tell her the offer. If the daughter accepted (agreed to) the offer she would pick up the glass and take a drink of the wine. By drinking the wine she was making a commitment to prepare to be the man’s bride. She had a responsibility to be ready when the man (groom) returned to get her.

Once they hey completed this legal part of the marriage and paid a dowry, the bride was a legal member of the groom’s family.

The second step was that of the preparation of the bride. This was the period of her betrothal (or engagement). It lasted for at least one year but could last much longer. During this period of preparation, the bride was prepared to be a fitting wife for her mate. It was also the period of time in which she was observed for her purity. The bride waited and prepared herself for the coming of the groom.

The third part was when the bridegroom took the bride to his house. On the wedding day the groom would leave his home and go to the bride’s home to get her. The groom returned to his own home with his bride, along with the bridal procession. The groom took his bride into his house and completed the marriage. The Jewish wedding ceremony was conducted in the home of the groom. Only a few, usually the immediate family and two witness, were invited to come in and observe the wedding ceremony.

The fourth part was the marriage supper celebration (wedding feast). Whereas only a few were invited to the Jewish wedding ceremony, many more were invited to the marriage feast (wedding feast) to celebrate the marriage. The Jewish marriage supper lasted seven days.

God the Father sent a matchmaker, God the Holy Spirit, to bring us into the family of God. God the Father, the father of the groom, made the arrangement and then paid the bride price (dowry). The price was the blood of His only Son, Jesus. By giving up the Son and shedding the blood of the Son, the price was paid and the arrangement was sealed with blood.

If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you are His legal bride. The Bible calls people who trust in Jesus for eternal life, the bride of Christ. Jesus (God the Son) paid the dowry for us when He died on the cross for our sins. We wait and have not seen our Lord yet, but we have legal rights as part of God’s family.

In the preparation step we, as Christians, should be in the process of being perfected for the groom (Jesus). We should be undergoing a process of sanctification (to be set apart). During this step we should be in the process of being cleansed by the washing of the Word. We should conform more and more to what the Word of God teaches. Our desire should be to please Jesus (our groom). As the bride of Christ, we are to wait and make ourselves ready for His return.

As the bride of Christ it is our responsibility to perfect themselves for their groom, Jesus. We are to wait and make ourselves ready for His return. Our desire should be to please Jesus, our groom.

 

BIBLE EXAMPLE: JOSEPH AND MARY

The Bible tells us that Joseph and Mary were engaged. In their culture, Mary was already Joseph’s bride – she was already a legal member of his family. Joseph had already paid the dowry and Mary had already made a vow. Joseph was in the process of preparing a home for them and Mary was in the process of preparing to be his bride.

When Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant, and not by him, he could have had her publicly stoned to death for being unfaithful. However, Joseph chose not to.

Luke 1:26-27 NKJV

“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”

Matthew 1:18-21 NKJV

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

 

BIBLE EXAMPLE OF PREPARING YOURSELF: THE TEN VIRGINS

Matthew 25:1- 13 NKJV

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

In the parable of the ten virgins we see the importance of being ready for Christ’s return as well as the importance of preparation. All ten were waiting for the bridegroom to return. When they heard the cry, “The bridegroom cometh,” they were to go out to meet him. Since it would be dark, they were to use the light from their lamps to find their way to the bridegroom. After waiting for a period of time they finally heard the cry that their hearts longed for. They arose to go out to meet him, but five of them had not prepared ahead of time for this moment. As a result they could not go out with the other five (those who had prepared) and ultimately they were shut out of the bridegrooms presence.

The oil in these verses represent spiritual preparedness – being spiritual prepared for the Bridegrooms return. No one knows when they will meet Jesus face to face ( by the grave or by the rapture), therefore we must be spiritual prepared at all times.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-10 NKJV

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.”

The point of this parable of the ten virgins is to be prepared for Jesus‘ return. Preparedness cannot be shared.

 

BIBLE EXAMPLE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPARING: THE PARABLE OF THE WEDDING FEAST

Failure to prepare to be the bride of Christ (including not wearing the “wedding clothes”) has serious consequences that last forever and ever.

Romans 13:11-14 NKJV

“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

You cannot be prepared for Jesus’ return if you have allowed stains on your wedding garment. Believers have been given a wedding garment (coat of righteous), however it is their responsibility (not God’s) to keep it clean.

In the parable of the wedding feast the man failed to prepare himself. He had ignored the obligation that was expected of him. He was obligated, by accepting the invitation, to wear clean, spotless clothes. In many cases a wedding garment was provided for each guest, but it was up to them to put it on and keep it clean. It would have been insult to show up without a wedding garment or with stains on the wedding garment.

The king, when he saw the man, instructed his servants to cast the man out. The man’s failure to take preparations seriously cost him everything.

Matthew 22:1-13 NKJV

“And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

One day Jesus will come and take His bride to His home. Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be taken. Sin interferes with you being properly prepared. In the Jewish wedding, if a bridegroom arrived to get his bride and she was not ready or if he found her not pure the wedding was off. Many times it cost her life. We must be ready when Jesus returns. If He finds impurities (sin) in you when He return, you will not be part of the bride of Christ.

During communion we make a vow to prepare ourselves to be a fitting bride for Christ – one without spots, impurities or blemishes.

C. Body And Blood Of Christ

The separation of flesh and blood brings death. Putting them back together again bring life – the blood brings life. Before crucifixion, Jesus’ body was torn apart. The psalmist describes the agony that Jesus would go through.

Psalm 22:12-21 NKJV

“Many bulls have surrounded Me;

Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.

They gape at Me with their mouths,

Like a raging and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water,

And all My bones are out of joint;

My heart is like wax;

It has melted within Me.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd,

And My tongue clings to My jaws;

You have brought Me to the dust of death.

For dogs have surrounded Me;

The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.

They pierced My hands and My feet;

I can count all My bones.

They look and stare at Me.

They divide My garments among them,

And for My clothing thy cast lots.

But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;

O My Strength, hasten to help Me!

Deliver Me from the sword,

My precious life from the power of the dog.

Save Me from the lion’s mouth

And from the horns of the wild oxen!

You have answered Me.”

During communion you bring the flesh and the blood back together. The bread represents the body (flesh) and the juice represents the blood.

John 6:55-56 NKJV

“For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”

During communion your health can be put back together, your family can be put back together, your finances can be put back together, your relationship with God can be put back together. Any and everything that seems to be torn apart in your life can be put back together – it can be restored. In Psalms 103:2 we are instructed to not forget the benefits of the Lord.

Psalm 103:2 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits”

We are to remember the Lord. We are to meditate on who Jesus is, what He has done (provided) for us, and what He is going to do for us (take His bride home).

I Corinthians 11:26 NKJV

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”

 

If you are sick God desires to make you whole, you need communion.

If you are weak God desires to give you strength, you need communion

If you are fighting a battle God desires to give you victory, you need communion.

If you need grace, mercy and power God desires to give it to you, you need communion.

If you desire a deeper intimacy with God, you need communion.

In the Old Testament the communion (meat and drink offering / bread and wine) was for the priest. At Calvary we became a priest.

PRAYER EXAMPLE:

Dear Jesus,

I remember You.

I remember how Your body was broken.

I remember how Your blood was shed.

I remember how You died for me so I could be made whole.

So I could be forgiven and cleansed of all unrighteousness.

I lay hold of Your covenant.

I lay hold of Your promise.

I receive Your healing power.

I receive the victory of communion.

As I honor You,

As I worship You

In this intimate time of communion with You.

In Your precious name, Amen.

 

IV. Corporate Communion

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “

Communion is a special time of spiritual intimacy with God. God desires to know you (to have intimacy with you.) It is truly the most intimate time that you have with God (even when receiving it in a crowd.) God desires to know (have spiritual intimacy) us corporately as well as individually.

A. THE EARLY CHURCH -THE CHURCH OF ACTS

The early church had fellowship (communion) with God. They were spiritually intimate with Him.

Acts 2:42 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 20:7 NKJV

“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”

Acts 2:46-47 NKJV

“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

They reaped the benefits of corporate communion. There was an anointing upon the church, fresh moves of the Holy Spirit, and a harvest of souls.

B. WHEN COMMUNION IS WITHHELD

Joel 1:9-13 NKJV

“The grain offering and the drink offering

Have been cut off from the house of the Lord; The priests mourn, who minister to the Lord.

The field is wasted,

The land mourns; For the grain is ruined,

The new wine is dried up,

The oil fails. Be ashamed, you farmers,

Wail, you vinedressers,

For the wheat and the barley; Because the harvest of the field has perished. The vine has dried up,

And the fig tree has withered; The pomegranate tree,

The palm tree also; And the apple tree-

all the trees of the field are withered; Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men. Gird yourself and lament, you priests; Wail, you who minister before the alter; Come, lie all night in sackcloth,

You who minister to my God; For the grain offering and the drink offering

Are withheld from the house of your God.”

When communion (meat and drink offering) is cut off from the people you will find the people (and church) are barren spiritually. When communion is cut off, the manifest presence of God (glory of the Lord) and the anointing is cut off. Churches where the meat and drink offering (communion) have been cut off are barren. The field is wasted, the land mourns, the corn is wasted, the new wine is dried up (no fresh moves of the Holy Spirit), the oil languishes (no anointing of God), and the harvest of the field is perished (you can not have a harvest where there is not the presence of God.)

C.  THE CHURCH AT CORINTH – UNWORTHY MANNER

I Corinthians 11:27-30 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.”

Paul wrote to the church (to believers) at Corinth about the manner in which they took communion. He warned them (the believers) not to take communion in an unworthy manner.

What were they doing that was unworthy? Remember he was talking to the believers in the church – not the lost.

I 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 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.”

The church at Corinth was drinking the communion wine to get drunk and they were eating the bread for food. Paul instructed them to examine (judge) the manner in which they took communion. Where they taking it (as a church / corporately) to remember Jesus or were they taking it to get full and drunk? To satisfy their flesh or to draw closer to God?

I Corinthians 11:31-34 NKJV

“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are condemned with the world. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for 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.”

D CORPORATELY DRAWING CLOSER TO GOD THROUGH COMMUNION

Communion is a very powerful part of worship to God. It is a time of intimate worship, relationship and fellowship between you and God. It is a time to draw close to God. It is a time to remember Jesus and all that He did for us. It is a time to enter the Holy of Holies. When you have an intimate relationship with Jesus you can go directly into the Holy of Holies. You do not need the priest (or anyone else) to go in for you.

Hebrews 9:24-26 NKJV

“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but in heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another- He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”

Jesus entered into the temple in heaven with His own blood as our sacrifice. He was our perfect sacrifice. A sacrifice pleasing to God, placed upon the brazen altar gave the priests the right to enter the most sacred place, the Holy of Holies. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice gives us the right to enter the Holy of Holies as priests to minister, fellowship, and commune with God.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

The body of Christ needs to draw closer to God through communion more than they ever have before. As time draws to a close we need the power that is available to us corporately through communion.

Revelation 2:1-7 NKJV

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.
Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

The church at Ephesus had done many things right, however they were lacking in a very important area – they had left their first love. They were basically instructed to look at where they were now and compare it to where they were in years past. Then they were to repent and do the first works again.

Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.”

Communion is sometimes referred to as first works. 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’ ”

There was a time when the church at Ephesus went house to house breaking bread with each. Then the Roman government stepped in and told them that only a priest could administer communion and that it had to be done in a church.

Could it be that they had stopped going house to house breaking bread (receiving communion) because of the persecution that had came against them and the church? Over time, had they forgotten the power and benefits that they were given through the breaking of bread?

E. YOU ARE A PRIEST

In the old testament the priest was a go between, between the people and God. Only the priest had direct access to God – only the high priest could go behind the veil in the temple. The priest prayed for the people and made the sacrifices for the people. He prayed for their sins.

Matthew 27:50-54 NKJV

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

In the new testament, Jesus became the go between, between man and God. At His death the veil in the temple was torn into, giving everyone access to God. At Calvary you became a priest unto God.

1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

As a priest you are to proclaim the praises of God. As a priest you are to ask God to forgive your sins yourself – you do not need someone else to ask God to forgive you. As a priest you are entitled to receive communion (by yourself or with others) any where you desire. As a priest you are to intercede for others. As a priest you can enter into the holy of holies. And the list goes on and on.