Jesus instituted the New Covenant with Communion. He said to remember This is… my body. This cup IS the New Covenant. But a piece of bread and a cup? How does this work? Your piece of bread is to connect you with Jesus. It will plug you in to remembering him. Our covenant is through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Communion – Remember This Is…
By Pastor Delbert Young
Communion – Remember This Is…
Scriptures: Luke 22:19-20, Exodus 12:1-3, Luke 22:19, Luke 22:19, Luke 22:19, Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24, Luke 22:20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
This is the last Sunday of this year according to our Gregorian calendar. I don’t actually know how much attention God pays to our calendar system, but for us, it’s how we order our lives and it’s the last Sunday of this year. I wanted to end the year with corporate communion. Of course, every week communion is provided for us, but it’s been a while since we’ve enjoyed communion as a church body.
Today, I will give us a very brief teaching about communion and then we will receive the body and the blood of Christ and partake and enjoy these together hopefully with a deeper understanding of what we’re doing
Luke 22:19-20 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “THIS IS my body given for you; Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “THIS cup IS the NEW COVENANT in my blood, which is poured out for you.
The time of the year was what we call Easter. Here Jesus instituted the New Covenant. What we call the sacrament of Communion replaced the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant aspect of New Testament Communion is called Passover. Passover was instituted at the last plague coming upon Egypt as the children of God were delivered from Egyptian bondage. This was the identical time of the year Jesus instituted the New Covenant.
Exodus 12:1-3 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.
As you see, their calendar, or God’s calendar isn’t the same as ours. A lamb (or a goat – Gen 12:5) was taken from the flocks, kept four days, slaughtered, prepared with very specific instruction, and eaten by the household. I think it would be great if our year actually began at Easter time when a resurrected newness of life covers the planet at spring time. This was the season and time of year God chose to bring his Lamb, the Lamb of God, kept for this day, slaughtered on the cross, and prepared by God specifically for his household to eat.
A church is comprised of many households, but corporately, we are the household and family of God as we together participate in Communion being delivered from the bondage of hell and eternal death.
Luke 22:19 And he took bread, GAVE THANKS…
What was Jesus giving thanks for? The first thing we should do when partaking of the Lord’s body is give thanks. Take a moment and thank God for life, for your salvation, for your family, for your friends, for whatever comes to your mind. I believe this is what Jesus was doing. Though he was about to experience the bleakest time of his life, he took bread, and gave thanks. We should always be able to find reasons to thank God no matter what we are experiencing. Teach your children to be thankful to God. Life is so much better when thankful.
Luke 22:19 And he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “THIS IS MY BODY GIVEN FOR YOU…
The piece of bread you will be given is a part of his body specifically given for you. Think of your piece, your wafer of bread, as special. It’s not simply an unleavened wafer. It’s your wafer. Somehow, of all the wafers ever made this wafer found its way into your hand. It is given you. Begin to see how unique your wafer is. Your wafer is your connection with Jesus. As each took their piece, Jesus said, “This is my body given for you!” Their piece was special.
Luke 22:19 And he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.”
Your piece of bread is to connect you with Jesus. It will plug you in to remembering him. Take a moment and recall aspects you know about Jesus. Of course, I remember the cross, but I remember the manger. I remember the young boy in the temple. I remember his baptism by John the Baptist. I see Jesus laughing and his joy. I remember his amazing teachings. I remember his compassion for those hurting, grieving, tormented, physically impaired, and sick. I remember him crying at Lazarus’ tomb and over the city of Jerusalem. I remember Gethsemane, his arrest, being scourged, the cross, and the death. But, I also remember the resurrection! Take a moment and remember. Connect with Jesus.
It’s here, when I enjoy the Lord’s body in private, I take a moment to speak to and receive healing for my physical body.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced FOR our transgressions, he was crushed FOR our iniquities; the PUNISHMENT that brought us peace was upon him, and BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED.
1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; BY HIS WOUNDS YOU HAVE BEEN HEALED.
Healing was provided by his wounds. I begin with my brain and my mind. I say out loud something along these lines, “I have a sound mind physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have no neurological problems. I do not have dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s disease (my father suffered from these). There are neither tumors nor aneurisms. I have a sound mind and a great memory.” I proceed speaking in the same way to my spinal column, my left and right eyes and vision, sinuses, left and right ears and hearing, my mouth and teeth, my larynx and for a pleasant speaking voice and good vocabulary, my esophagus, heart (heart disease, blood pressure, cholesterol), lungs (left and right lobes), stomach, large intestines, colon, kidneys, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, prostate, male organs, joints (arthritis), and in case I missed anything I say, “I am healed and I am whole from head to toe in the name of Jesus Christ.” I do this nearly every Sunday morning and have for years. The only time I don’t is when I’m not here on Sunday. We won’t do this today as we experience the Lord’s body corporately, but I do encourage you to find a time and a place and speak healing to your body.
The bread, or body, part of Communion is to be done in remembrance of Jesus. Connect to Jesus. Plug into Jesus.
Then Jesus said,
Luke 22:20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “THIS CUP IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD, which is poured out for you.
Jesus poured out his blood. It wasn’t spilled or taken. He poured it out for a purpose. The cup symbolizing his blood, replaced the Old Covenant in the same way as the bread/body replaced the Passover lamb. When we drink it we are stating I accept the New Covenant and I am in covenant with Jesus Christ. I will do my part in fulfilling my part and I expect Jesus Christ to fulfill his part. The cup and juice is to connect/plug you into covenantal relationship with Jesus Christ.
In the scriptures, serious covenants are done through the blood of sacrificed animals: Noahic Covenant; Abrahamic Covenant; Old/Mosaic Covenant; Davidic Covenant, etc. The Old Covenant was inaugurated with the Passover lamb and renewed yearly with blood. Our covenant is not with the blood of sheep and goats, but through the blood of Jesus Christ and renewed as often as you will.
1 Corinthians 11:23-25 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 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.”
(KJV) 1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, AS OFT AS YE DRINK IT, in remembrance of me.
It’s sad to me how many Christians seldom, some maybe never, renew their covenant with Jesus. The point is it’s whenever you drink it, not once a year. It’s as oft as ye drink it, not when the preacher decides. As I stated before, it’s usually weekly with me. It’s the very first thing I do when I arrive on Sunday mornings. I say, as I drink the blood of the New Covenant, “Lord I am in covenant with you, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. I desire to fulfill my part of the covenant. Help me accomplish this. I know you will fulfill your part.”
I encourage each of you to experience the Lord’s body and the Lord’s blood frequently. It doesn’t need to be here or at a church. It can be at home, or anyplace. Make it special, not a religious activity. Use it as a time to give thanks. Take time through the bread of his body to remember him. Don’t only remember his death, but also remember his life, love, and compassion. Take time through the bread to bless your body. Take time through the blood of the New Covenant to remember you are in covenant with the God of the universe. He loves you and wants the best for you and for your family.
With this said, let’s enjoy Communion with the Lord and with one another.
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