When I was a teenager, I was just a tab bit rebellious.
My mother would scoff at that comment, and say, “you’re the reason my hair turned gray at such a young age!”
Praise God, I’ve been redeemed and transformed!
But in my teen years growing up in the Baptist church, we would have communion the first Sunday of every month. Before they passed the bread and grape juice, the pastor would often read the warning in I Corinthians 11:28-30
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30 For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.
Many times I would think up an excuse why I needed to leave church at that particular moment. I would often sneak out the back, or suddenly have to go to the bathroom.
I knew I had to be in the “unworthy” category and would surely I would die or get sick if I took communion.
But since then I’ve learned the truth – It is so important I have to share it with you –
Communion is a wonderful gift, a memorial, that Jesus gave us.
Communion is a constant reminder of what was accomplished for us through God’s love and grace toward us at the cross.
Sadly, in the majority of churches communion is just a ritual. If you ask many believers what they are doing when they eat the bread and drink the wine (or grape juice) they could not give you an answer. But it is crucial to understand the meaning so that we receive everything Jesus bought for us at the cross.
In 1 Corinthians 11:29–30, the Apostle Paul tells us clearly that the one reason some Christians are weak and sick and die prematurely is that they don’t discern the Lord’s body when they partake of the Holy Communion.
When Jesus held up the bread at the Lord’s Supper, Jesus said, “this is my body, broken for you.” The bread represents that Jesus’ body was broken and beaten for our health and healing.
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.” ~ Isaiah 53:4-5
And when you partake without understanding this truth, you partake in an unworthy manner – not realizing the power in His body broken for you! The power to heal, the power to bless you, the power of restoration and wholeness that is yours.
But when you do discern the Lord’s body – you do apply the truth of what Jesus paid for you at the cross, through His body, then you will be strong and healthy, with restoration and wholeness.
Unfortunately, many believers (like me) were taught that if you have sin in your life, you are unworthy. You cannot partake of the Holy Communion, lest you become weak and sick, and even die! That’s turning the blessing into a curse. Because of this, many Christians are afraid to come to the Lord’s table and are therefore robbed of the health-giving power of the Holy Communion.
You are only unworthy to take communion if you are not a Child of God.
You become God’s child by accepting the free gift of salvation that Jesus paid for at the cross.
2 Corinthians 13:5
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you are disqualified?
So before you take communion you want to “examine yourself to see if you are of the faith” Are you saved?
If not, receive God’s gift of salvation right now!
There is no one worthy to come to the Lord’s Table except those who have been MADE worthy or made righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ.
When we drink the cup of wine, we are signifying that it was Jesus’ blood that paid for our sins and washed us clean.
It is also the blood of Jesus that enforces the New Covenant with the Father on our behalf.
It ensures all God’s promises are for us today. And ensures us that we are joint-heirs with Jesus and that we are made righteous. Looking ahead to Heaven, it also ensures that Jesus has the joy of presenting us faultless and blameless before the throne of God.
So take communion often! You don’t have to be in church to do it. Your priest or pastor isn’t the only one who is authorized to serve it.
Revelation 1:5 says we’ve been made priests to our God!
We take communion often right at our kitchen table. Whenever the devil tries to put sickness on us. Or when we have a financial need. We remind ourselves of the Covenant we have with our Heavenly Father. We remember through the bread and wine that we have a Covenant for all the gifts of salvation. Forgiveness, healing, prosperity, deliverance, safety, rescue, liberation, restoration.
I took communion with my girlfriend who had been struggling with an irregular heartbeat. She told me later that after we claimed what belonged to her, that she knew she was healed. She began to improve from that day forward and today she has a healthy heart.
Here’s a sample of a prayer for communion:
Get out a cracker and wine or grape juice – we’ve even used water. (It’s what you are signifying by it that matters.)
Hold the bread in your hand and say*:
“Thank you, Jesus, for Your broken body. Thank you for bearing my symptoms and sicknesses (or poverty and lack) at the cross so that I may have Your health and wholeness. I declare that by Your stripes, by the beatings Your bore, by the lashes which fell on Your back, I am completely healed. I believe and I receive Your resurrection life in my body today.” (Eat the bread)
Then take the cup in your hand and pray:
“Thank you, Jesus, for Your blood that has washed me whiter than snow. Your blood has brought me forgiveness and made me righteous forever. As I drink, I celebrate and partake of the inheritance of the righteous. This includes provision, restoration, and wholeness in every area of my life.” (Drink the wine.) *Sample prayer by Joseph Prince
So many Children of God are suffering needlessly with issues that Jesus already paid for on their behalf. Don’t let one drop of Jesus’ blood go to waste. Who do you know who needs to hear this message today? Please share it with them.
God bless you!