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Communion Is Worship

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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

In The Breaking Of The Bread – Corporate Communion

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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. 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.”

          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.

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.)

I Corinthians 11:27  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.”

          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.

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?

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.”

           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 alter 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 2:4-5  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.”