New Covenant and Holy Communion

New Covenant and Holy Communion

Baptism and Holy Communion are two sacraments for Christians. In the Upper Room, Lord celebrated the New Covenant with His disciples and was given as commandment to disciples to follow.  (I Corinthians 11: 23-34) 

1) Obedience: The disciples of Lord Jesus Christ are called and commanded to celebrate this sacrament.   

2) Remember: Celebration of Holy Communion is to gratefully remember Lord’s suffering, death, burial and resurrection.  (I Corinthians 11:24) Lord Jesus death and resurrections means: Reconciliation with God; Redemption, Forgiveness, Eternal life, Citizenship of Kingdom of God, Royal Priesthood and many other blessings.  We rejoice and celebrate all these spiritual blessings he earned for us by His sacrifice.  

3) Examine: It is wise to observe the Holy Communion after examining ourselves (I Corinthians 11:28).  In the Upper Room Judas participated in the Holy Communion without truthfulness and integrity. As soon as he received bread, Satan entered him and he went out to betray Lord Jesus (John 13:27). Paul warned the believers in Corinth that some became weak and sick as they participated in the Holy Communion without proper self-examination.

4) Proclaim: Holy Communion is the act of proclamation of His death (I Corinthians 11:26). Partaking Holy Communion is the proclamation of the deliverance of disciples of Lord Jesus Christ from slavery of Sin, Satan, World and Death. 

5) Participate: Holy Communion is not a private meal; it is participation in the body of Christ. Christian disciples are numerous, but they are one body – the body of Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 10:16-17).  Christians consider themselves as heirs of Abraham by faith and inheritors of promises given to Abraham (Gen 12:2).  However, Christians are also inheritors of the call of Abraham (Gen 12:1). 

6) Anticipate Second Coming: The phrase “I shall not eat it until” (Luke 22:16) implies that Christ expected the eating of the Passover (Holy Communion) to continue during His absence until He would partake of it again at the eschatological marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).  

Let us meaningfully celebrate Holy Communion.

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