As a pastor one of the most rewarding things I get to do is conduct communion services from time to time in our fellowship. We are not hung up in our congregation that it has to be every month. Not even the first Sunday of the month. I know that is often easy to remember, but nothing in the word of God tells me that celebrating communion has to be done monthly. There is nothing wrong with those who follow that tradition. We have communion trays available in our building at every service for those who wish to get alone with the Lord following the service and partake in communion all by themselves. We do have corporate communion services from time to time and it is a privilege to lead. Often the presence of the Holy Spirit is present and precious as we celebrate together what Jesus Christ did for every one of us at Calvary.
Recently I was going back over the communion passage in the book of Corinthians that is often read at many communion services and I noticed something fresh the Spirit of God was speaking to my heart. It is always thrilling to read God’s word and pick something up new that I had not considered before. The verse itself sounds hard until you realize what Paul is saying. “For he thateateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body”. (1 Corinthians 11:29 KJV) Paul is simply saying be careful to realize that you are parting of far more than a cup of juice and a cracker or wafer. This is not something to play around with. This is not a ritual. But, it was the last part of that verse that caught my attention as I was rereading this wonderful passage. “…not discerning the Lord’s body”. What in the word is Paul talking about? Let me see if I can explain.
When the Apostle Paul through revelation was writing to the church located in the city of Corinth, he was telling them to remember what Calvary provided for them and what powerful doors were open to those who are in the family of God. Far too often I have been guilty of drinking a cup of juice and eating a wafer as the traditional thing to do at a communion service and never stopping long enough to realize the awesome privileges that were granted to you and me by the broken body of our Lord. Allow me to simply list just a few for you:
Ø Divine Health: Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24
Ø A Changed Life: 2 Corinthians 5:17
Ø Made the Righteousness of God: 2 Corinthians 5:21(being given the ability to stand in the presence of God the Father without the sense of guilt, condemnation, or inferiority)
Ø Freedom From the Curse Of The Law(poverty,sickness,disease): Galatians 3:13
Ø Access To The Mercy Seat of God: Hebrews 4:14-16
Ø The Wisdom of God: 1 Corinthians 1:30
Ø No Condemnation: Romans 8:1
Ø Freedom From Fear: 2 Timothy 1:7
Ø The Indwelling Power of the Holy Spirit: Ephesians 3:16
Ø The Blessing of Abraham: Galatians 3:14
I don’t think I will approach another communion service the same. What awesome benefits the death of Christ and His resurrection afforded those who come to Him by faith. What joy is ours. I don’t want to be guilty again of simply passing a cup to my lips and a wafer to my tongue and rushing off not “discerning” all that heaven opened up to me.
The next time you approach the table of the Lord whether in a corporate setting or privately in your home or office, stop and consider what is behind that bread and juice. There is power. Wonder-working power. Hell destroying power. Sickness crushing power. Yoke breaking power. Disease curing power. Addiction delivering power. And it is ours. So step into the flow today my friend. Consider what Jesus Christ has done for you. Confess the victory with your lips. Call the devil the liar that he is. And break out into the freedom that Heaven desires for you and me to walk in right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!