“About The Eucharist”

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Christian Life, Lord's Supper, Salvation

  Just prior to His going to the cross, Jesus instituted a new memorial service to remind His disciples of Him.  He was going to leave them for awhile but come back for them (John 14:1-3).  He said, “This do in remembrance of Me” (1 Corinthians11:24, 25).  The Jewish people were familiar with memorials. 

  Rainbow.  After the universal flood in Noah’s day, God used the rainbow in the sky to indicate to Noah that He would never again destroy the whole world with water (Genesis 9:12-17).  The next time God will destroy the heavens and the earth with fire (2 Peter 3:10-13).  Then He will create new heavens and a new earth where righteousness settles down and feels at home (Isaiah 65:17; Revelations 21:1ff).  Do you know where you will spend eternity?  The Scriptures tell us that we can know for sure (John 3:18, 36; 1John 5:13).

  Passover.  After living in Egypt for about 400 years, God brought the Jews out of bondage.  The Passover meal was instituted to remind them of the Lord’s deliverance of the firstborn when He passed over the houses that had the blood of a spotless lamb applied to the door (Exodus 12:1-14).  Then He brought them to the “Promised Land” (Genesis 15:18-21).  Notice how much land it includes.  Woe to those who try to take it from the Jews or divide it up (Genesis 12:1-3).  You can and should intercede against politicians who are going against God’s revealed Word (1 Timothy 2:1, 2; Romans 11:2, 3).  God hasn’t forsaken the Jews (Romans 11:1).  They have been temporarily set aside until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (Romans11:25).  Before the dawn of a new day comes for them and the whole world, there will be “the time of Jacob’s trouble” that will last for seven years (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19; Isaiah 40:31). After that true peace will finally come to earth during Christ’s millennial reign (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1-10; 35:1-10; Revelation 20:1-7).

  Stones.  When the Jews were about to enter the “Promised Land” God stopped the Jordan River from flowing during flood stage so they could cross over.  Then they were told to set up twelve stones to remind themselves of God’s power to control nature and deliver them from their enemies in Canaan (Joshua 4:4-7). 

  Eucharist.  This is a Greek word which means “giving of thanks.” Before breaking the bread and passing the cup Jesus gave thanks to God (Matthew 26:27; Luke 22:19 and1 Corinthians 11:24). The Communion service (1 Corinthians 10:16, 17) ought to be a special time when believers thank God for what Christ has done for them.

  Memorial.  We believe that it is designed to remind us of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our partaking of these elements is not the means by which we receive Christ as our personal Savior.  Nor do we believe that the elements are miraculously changed into the actual body and blood of Christ.  Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.  The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).  Consider the abominable practices of eating human flesh (2 Kings 6:28, 29) and drinking blood (Leviticus 7:26;17:10, 11; Acts15:28, 29).  We receive Jesus by one act of faith (John1:12; 3:16; Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Once saved, we are told to live in a continual attitude of faith (Romans 1:17).  When we participate in this ordinance (i.e. a command from the Lord), we need to look in several directions.

  Backward.  As we eat the bread and drink the cup, we are to remind ourselves of the finished work of Christ on the cross.  We “proclaim His death” (1 Corinthians11:26).  He died once and for all for all of our sins – past, present, and future (John19:30; Hebrews 10:10).  We don’t offer Him up as a perpetual sacrifice.  Unlike the Old Testament priests who stood while they worked, since their work was never done, Jesus returned to heaven and sat down at the Father’s right hand (Hebrews 10:12).  The Father was satisfied with Christ’s work on the cross (1 John 2:2).

  Forward.  We are to keep observing this meal periodically “till He comes [again]” (1 Corinthians 11:26).  He told His disciples that He would leave them for a while and then come back for those who believe on Him (John 14:1-3).  When He does, He will raise the dead in Christ, and change living believers so they all can go to heaven to be with Him forever (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  As the Apostle Peter predicted, scoffers would come in the last days and mock those who believe this promise (2 Peter 3:3-9).  Christ delays His return to demonstrate His longsuffering.  He doesn’t want people to perish in an eternal hell (1 Timothy 2:4).  Maybe He is waiting for you to believe on Him as your personal Savior.  Don’t delay.  The door of opportunity will close some day (2 Corinthians 6:2).  Perhaps today for you.

  Inward.  Before we partake of these elements, we are told to examine ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:28).  Those Christians who are out of fellowship with God, and who are not walking in the light as He is in the light, should not partake of these elements.  They need to confess all known sins to God the Father (1 John 1:3-9).  If we are aware of having sinned against another person, we should confess it to him too (James 5:16).  We cannot say we love God and hate our brother (1 John 4:20).  Judgment from God will come on those who fail to discern others within the “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:29; Hebrews 12:5, 6).  Because of their carnality, many in the church in Corinth were weak and sick, and many had died prematurely.  They committed “the sin unto [physical] death” (1 John 5:16).

  Upward.  Having done everything necessary to provide salvation for us, Jesus ascended back to heaven from where He had come (John 6:38-41; Acts 1:9-11).  He sat down at the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20).  He is waiting for all those whom the Father has given to Him to actually come to Him and be saved (John 6:37).  Until He returns to this earth for His own, He intercedes to God the Father for us (Hebrews 7:25).  Do you know why He does this?

  Outward.  God wants Christians to see other people as He does (John 4:35).  He uses believers to tell the Good News concerning Christ to unbelievers (Acts 1:8).  Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins and rose again bodily from the grave (Ephesians 2:8, 9;1 Corinthians 15:3-8)?  If so, are you reaching out and endeavoring to rescue the perishing and care for the dying?

  Peace.  Are you at peace “with” God?  Do you enjoy the peace “of” God in your life?  If not, we invite you to contact us so we can show you how to have these.  Call 805-238-3549 or visit our web site: www.kelseypeach.com.  These articles usually correspond to our talks on Sunday mornings.  We invite your questions and comments.

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