THE MYSTERY OF EUCHARIST

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“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” – Luke 22:19‭-‬20 ESV

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Communion is first of all an instruction Jesus gave us to do in remembrance of Him. The communion is the testimony of the efficacy of what Jesus has done, it is the testimony of the gospel, the New Testament. Just as baptism is the testimony of our faith, partaking in communion means identifying with the body and blood. Healing is a common experience during communion in Church because as people re-identify themselves with the finished work of Jesus, it becomes a reality. We engage in Holy Communion with understanding because when there is no remembrance of Jesus in the communion it is not truly a communion with Jesus.
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We do not just engage in communion as Church practice. The reason why we engage in Eucharist is not just because Jesus said we should eat bread and drink wine. He instructed us to engage in it for a reason “in remembrance of Him”. When we take communion, we are reaffirming Jesus! The Bible says
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“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” – 1 Corinthians 11:26 ESV

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Anytime we engage in communion, we are proclaiming the death of Jesus and it’s significance, and Jesus wants us to continue in this practice till He comes again. Holy Communion is a practice that assures us we have became one with Jesus by the reason of His death. If there was no death there wouldn’t have been any resurrection! So when we take communion, we are proclaiming Jesus and the victory we have in Him over sin and death!
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The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:20-23
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“No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”
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When we partake in communion, we are fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit in the same way anyone who keeps engaging with demonic people and activities keeps having fellowship with demons. How can you be partaking in the Lord’s table and also be consenting to pagan practices like making sacrifices to Idols, giving for the advancement of things that promotes Satan all in the name of being tolerant or seeking assistance through diabolic means. Truth is, anytime a Christian engages in such unworthy practices, he may be able to suppress the demonic activities to some sort by faith but he is giving demons stronghold in his affairs. No wonder we see demons attacking a Christian, not directly but through things that concerns him because he has given them stronghold.
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The Bible says “So then whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in a way that is unworthy [of Him] will be guilty of [profaning and sinning against] the body and blood of the Lord. But a person must [prayerfully] examine himself [and his relationship to Christ], and only when he has done so should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks [without solemn reverence and heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifice of Christ], eats and drinks a judgment on himself if he does not recognize the body [of Christ]. That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason why many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep [in death]. But if we evaluated and judged ourselves honestly [recognizing our shortcomings and correcting our behavior], we would not be judged.” – 1 CORINTHIANS 11:27‭-‬31 AMP

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We receive communion in absolute humility, examining ourselves prayerfully and trusting wholly on Jesus and what He has done. I want us to carefully note that taking the communion in an unworthy manner means taking communion without a heartfelt gratitude and reverence for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Many have fallen sick because they disregarded the sacrifice of Jesus. They didn’t become sick because God is punishing them with sickness, they became sick because what Jesus did wasn’t a reality for them, they don’t take it serious. But when we recognise our shortcomings and correct ourselves we won’t incur judgement on ourselves. We judge ourselves so that we don’t get judged, we examine ourselves and trust wholly on the finished works of Jesus so that it becomes a reality to us.
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Communion is not just a mere practice, it is not religion! It is a spiritual stuff! It is a SPIRIT-RITUAL! This is not say if you did something wrong in the past during a certain communion you are doomed, this is not to suggest you get punished because of the things you did, most times people incur wrath on themselves. You must have a different mindset towards communion, you must receive communion with this burning desire and reverence for God! You don’t do it carelessly and this is why some Christians fast before receiving the communion, this is important.
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When people engage in all kind of immoral activities and still approach the communion table carelessly without any remorse and reverence, they are insulting Jesus and what He did because communion is a remembrance of the suffering of Jesus concerning us and our sins. How then can we engage in this remembrance while being unrepentant? It is the highest insult and Paul says such persons are guilty of His blood and body!
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The Bible says “We want you to know, my fellow-Israelites, that it is through Jesus that the message about forgiveness of sins is preached to you; and that everyone who believes in him is set free from all the sins from which the Law of Moses could not set you free.” – Acts 13:38‭-‬39 GNB

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Our justification is rest assured in Jesus. It is not based on what we do but on what Jesus did. How then could we, having known this, act carelessly towards the communion which is a ceremony of reaffirming what Jesus did, which reminds us how Jesus suffered, bled and was publicly murdered for our sake, so that we may have life! It is an insult to life itself when we act carelessly towards the Eucharist.
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When we take communion, we are saying “by the reason of the death of Jesus, I can’t go back to the way I used to be before Jesus changed me. I affirm that in Jesus is was finished! Thank you Lord for your sacrifice of love.”
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Blessings.
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-George O.N-
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