Communion, Weekly Observance

      The Lord’s Supper or Communion is more than a ceremony and not just a tradition.  It is more than a ritual; it is a commandment of Jesus Christ who died on Calvary’s Cross for the sins of all mankind. 

       Jesus said in John 6:53, 54, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you.  Whosoever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” 

       Recorded in I Cor. 11:24, 25; Christ said, “This do in remembrance of me,” and in Matt. 26:26-28; Jesus said, “Take, eat; this is my body…Drink you all of it; for this is my blood.” 

       In observing the Lord’s supper we are keeping an appointment with Christ, “But I say unto you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matt. 26:29).  These words were spoken by Jesus to His disciples in the upper room at the time of the institution of the Lord’s Supper.  The words are united with His promise to be with them in their observance.  Thus, the idea of “Communion” is personified in a proper observance of the Lord’s Supper. 

       In observing the Lord’s supper;

1)   We are remembering Christ (I Cor. 11:24, 25)

2)   We are to examine ourselves (I Cor. 11:28; Luke 18:10-14)

3)   We are proclaiming His death until He comes (I Cor. 11:26) 

 In the Lord’s supper, one communes, shares in, partakes of, fellowships with in the body and blood of Jesus.  I Cor. 10:16 says, “The cup of blessing which we bless is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?  The bread which we brake, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?”  This is one of the reasons why we should not want to miss the Lord’s Supper at anytime.  This is one of the reasons why it is dangerous to partake of the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner.

       The question has been asked, “Why should one partake the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s day (Sunday, the first day of the week), instead of once a month, once a year, or every day?  In answering this question, let us think of several questions.  Why do we meet on Sunday?  Why do we take up an offering on Sunday?  Why have preaching on every Sunday, instead of once a year, once a month or every day?  We do these things on the first day of the week because it is the Lord’s day and that is how the New Testament church did it.

  1. Christ arose from the dead on the first day of the week.  John 20:10, 11; Matt. 28:1-10; Luke 24:1-9.
  2. Christ made His appearances on earth after His resurrection on Sunday.  Matt. 28:9, 10; John 20:11-18; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:19-25; 26-29.
  3. The Holy Spirit made His coming on Sunday.  Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4; The Jewish feast Day of Pentecost always came on the first day of the week, cf.  Lev. 23:15.
  4. The first person to become Christians did so on Sunday,  (as this was Pentecost).  Acts 2:37, 38.
  5. The first gospel sermon was preached on the first day of the week.  Acts 2:14-36; cf. I Cor. 15:1-4.
  6. Offering was taken on the first day of the week.  I Cor. 16:1,2.
  7. Lord’s Supper was taken on the first day of the week.  Acts 20:7; Acts 2:42; I Cor. 16:2.

The early Christians met to partake of the memorial Supper on the weekly anniversary of these events.  It was the primary reason they assembled.  Paul held over on his journey from Monday to Sunday solely for the purpose of meeting with them at the Lord’s Table on Sunday.  Acts 20:6, 7.  He knew this day was the day set apart of such meetings.  We must again affirm this verse should not be used to prove a weekly assembly, unless it also is granted a weekly observance of the memorial Supper is like wise in order on that day. 

      There is no scripture, which can show a weekly assembly that does not suggest the observance of the memorial feast.  Neither is there a command for either an assembly or a communion.  God teaches us by example or precedent as is evidenced by I Cor. 11:2.

      Yet another reason is found in Hebrews where Christians are encouraged not to “Forsake the Assembly.”  Heb. 10:25.  He then infers if we do willfully miss the assembly (Church Services) we count the blood of the covenant (Jesus’ blood) an unholy thing.  Heb. 10:29.  Jesus has taught us the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the blood of the covenant.  Matt. 26:26.  To willfully miss the assembly is to despise grace and count the blood of the covenant unholy.  This connects assembling of ourselves together with His memorial Supper.  Everyone (except Seventh Day Adventist) agreed they assembled each Sunday.

      The first part of I Cor. 16:2 says, “On the first day of the every week each of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income….”  Is there a preacher or a church anywhere that does not argue for a weekly offering from the above scripture?  Are we then in error for saying, “Upon the first day of the week, they came to break bread” proves we ought to also partake of His table?  Is it possible churches prefer to “collect money on Sunday rather than remember His death for their sins”?

      Since there is a precedent for weekly observance and many are in agreement that the Scriptures should be the rule of faith and practice, we see a weekly Sunday observance is a common basis for the Unity of all believers.  It is scriptural.  It is not devisive.  It is reasonable.  It is a day on which all believers may unite without sacrificing their Biblical convictions.

      CONCLUSION:  We hope these thoughts are provocative and will encourage each to congregate weekly with other Christians to participate in Christ’s memorial.  We are to do it as “often” as we do it in remembrance of Christ.  If a doctor told us on a prescription label to partake of a pill once a day and then personally affirm as “often” as you take it to take it with water.  Would we not take it daily with water?  So the great physician has told us by the example of the apostles when to commune.  He then reminds us as “often” as we do it, to do it in His memory.  May we follow our Lord’s directions! 

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