“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16, KJV)
Most people have limited the Communion to a Sunday Holy religious meal for those who are “holy”. Those who have a little more understanding have taken it further but to just the remembrance of Jesus’s death. However, there are more gracious realities in the communion cup that, if taken advantage of, could catapult the believer into a marvellous life in Christ. The communion goes beyond just remembrance. When we partake in the communion, we participate in the reality that the blood of Jesus handled the curse of the first man (Adam): his earth was cursed and he had to sweat to eat. Further it handles any emotional and mental struggles, all sicknesses, sins and brings us back into realities of the primordial dream of God.
“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:17-19). The ground of the first man (Adam), after which all men in the likeness of Adam were patterned, was cursed because of the fall. He therefore had to sweat in order to till the ground and even then, the result of his sweat was thorns and thistles. Likewise, there are many believers who work so hard and yet at the end of the day, they have nothing to show for it though they are born again. This is an error! The solution is in the communion cup; Jesus handled all these anomalies by the blood he shed on the cross.
Scripture asserts in Luke 22:44: “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” The sweat of Christ that came as blood fell on the ground of Gethsemane and handled the curse of the ground of the first man (Adam). The believer in Christ as he participates in the communion must come into the consciousness that it is impossible for his sweat on the land to produce thorns and thistles because the blood of Christ handled that curse. Further, the communion handles every agony of the mind, emotional issues and depression. Mark 14:34 gives accounts concerning Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane: “And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch”. Jesus became extremely sorrowful unto death. The word extremely sorrowful is the Greek word “perilupos” which means “to be overcome with sorrow so much as to cause one’s death”. Bible then recounts that an angel came and strengthened him (Luke 22:43). There is no issue of the soul that should cause you to become so sorrowful to get you into depression. Take the communion and you will be strengthened in your soul.
Jesus was scourged in the hall of judgement by Pilate per the request of the Jews though there was found no fault in him. (John 19:1-2, 1 Peter 2:24). It is by these stripes that we are healed. In fact, this reality was prophesied before the coming of Jesus by the prophet Isaiah: “…but he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). The blood that came out of his body as he was beaten with many stripes (about 40 according to the law of Moses in Deuteronomy 25:3) handled every disease that can affect man. Beloved of God, anytime you take the communion, you must have the consciousness that every disease in your body has been handled by the vitality in the blood. Many, not discerning this aspect of the communion become sickly, weak and die (1 Corinthians 11:30).
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself ” (Hebrews 9:24-26). Christ Jesus entered the heavenly sanctum to appear in the presence of God for us. He offered his blood on the mercy seat so we can be brought back into the primordial dream of God. In fact, he recovered the Holy Spirit which was lost to man because of the fall (Genesis 6:3, Genesis 2:17) so that the presence of God, by avenue of the Holy Spirit, will not only come upon the temple as in the Old Testament but dwell in the temple of our bodies (Leviticus 16:2, Numbers 7:89, 1 Corinthians 3:16). That enmity, which veiled us from God’s presence, was broken by the blood of Jesus, giving us boldness to enter into the holiest place by that same blood (Hebrews 9:7, 10:19). Scripture asserts in Ephesians that “…now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace” (Ephesians 2:13-15). With this peace established, we have access to commune with God by his Spirit that dwells in us (1 Corinthians 6:19). The reality here is that as we partake in the communion, we gain the consciousness that we are vital in the fulfilment of the primordial plan of God for his creation and we endeavour to take our place. 2 Corinthians 5:18 says: “…And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation…” God has fulfilled his part of the bargain by giving us of his Spirit (Acts 2:18). We are left to reconcile the rest of the creation to Him. When we partake in the communion, we remember that we have a mandate on our head and an assignment to fulfill.
Beloved of God, the communion is not a religious sanctimonious meal offered by only the priest to so called “communicants”. No! It is the meal that must be taken often by every believer, bringing you into the consciousness of your place in the kingdom. “For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:28-29). Partake often in the communion and be conscious to take your place in the dream of God. Shalom!