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Communion - Breaking Bread And Drinking Wine, What It Really Means.
If you are a Bible scholar, you would have gone through many scriptures of the Bible where Jesus himself have spoken to the people and either has directly told them to follow the way of the Lord or indirectly follow the way of the Lord. One such directive given to the followers of the teachings of Jesus was that of the Communion. Communion is Eucharist by partaking of the consecrated bread and wine, an action seen as entering into a particularly close relationship with Christ. The Elements use to demonstrate this is the breaking and eating of consecrated bread and wine. (Consecration is the solemn dedication to a special purpose or service, usually religious) The Bible is literally littered with scriptures where Jesus breaks the bread and gives to his people. Lets quote some of those chapters from the Bible:
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you— John 6:53-58
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me— Luke 22:19-20
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.— 1 Corinthians 11:26
Jesus Works On Earth
The Bible states what Jesus did while he walked among men here on earth. He was considered the messiah, the son of God. But not many people took this lightly and many high priest and leaders of the faith of Abraham were very skeptical of this blasphemous individual. For they believed that no man born of flesh could be proclaimed the messiah and the son of God. The non believers tested the preaching of Christ and failed miserably. Christ knew what they were about long before they came to confront him. Soon his teachings and miracles spread through out the entire land Jerusalem and soon he had gathered hundred and thousand of believers. The teachings of Christ was simple, wise yet phenomenal. He spoke in parables and the wise understood, while the simple minded, Jesus broke it down to them. One thing Jesus taught was the faith of the communion.
What Taking The Communion Really Means
When an individual who considers him/herself a true christian and follows the teachings of Christ without doubts. You can consider that person to be a true follower of the faith of Jesus Christ. When a christian takes the communion, he/she is remembering and acknowledging Christ, his teachings and the self sacrifice which he had made for mankind. Remember in 1 Corinthians verses 11:14 where Christ says, "This is my body which is for you, break bread and eat in remembrance of me" This is telling mankind that we should all acknowledge the sacrifice and pain which the Lord went through to preserve the lives of mankind. We must remember his teachings while he walked among us here on earth and never to forget his death or resurrection. When Christians observe communion, it should always be a sacred and holy time as it should solidify the walk with Jesus and his word. We should look into ourselves and see if we are still honoring and observing the true teachings of Christ and the Bible. You simply cannot take a communion which honors Christ and his remembrance and then walk on a separate road contrary to Christians beliefs based upon the true teachings of Christ.
Communion Views by Christians Regarding Communion
1. The bread and the wine are unchanged elements, but Christ's presence by faith is made spiritually real in them.
- What this simply means is that when one takes a communion and partakes in the consumption of the bread and wine, it is simply just bread and wine, but what makes the difference is that the belief during the communion that the blood and flesh of Christ is spiritually manifested through these elements and thus makes the event an holy and sacred one.
2. Transubstantiation :-The bread and the wine become the actual body and blood of Christ.
- This is a communion belief by the Catholics. The elements transform into the blood and body of Christ which is consumed. Again, this is just a belief as if you partake in a catholic communion, all that goes in the mouth is a common piece of bread and wine.
3. The bread and the wine are unchanged elements, used as symbols, representing Christ's body and blood, in remembrance of his enduring sacrifice.
- Not much different from number one view, still just simple bread and wine. Christians who take the communion simply believe that Christ chose the bread and wine as elements to best represent his body and blood, ii simply represents the the pain and suffering he endured for us.
If you are catholic, you may have taken your Holy Communion or First Holy Communion without even knowing it. The first Holy communion is basically when a person takes their sacrament of holy Eucharist. This typically occurs at age seven to twelve when separated from Confirmation.
Catholics view the First Communion as a very important aspect of the catholic family tradition. Catholics go through seven sacraments and taking the first or holy communion is the third sacrament which must be fulfilled. In order for you to receive the holy communion, the individual must be baptized. Then when that person has reached what is considered to be age of reason (usually around 6 to 10) years of age, and after first confession, then the holy communion follows.
Why Many Christians Shouldn't Take The Communion
As stated earlier in this article. When a christian takes the communion, one is acknowledging Christ as savior and deliverer. Your are acknowledging the teachings of Christ and acknowledging the pain and sufferration which he endured for mankind. By honoring and acknowledging his teachings, you must automatically live by and adhere to the teachings of the Bible. Today, many Christians seek to fulfill their own agenda by going against the teachings and principles of Jesus Christ himself. Many have tried to rewrite the bible to soot their own personal agenda and to block or question many significant teachings of Christ. What is happening today is the hypocrisy of communion. There are certain things which simply should not be tolerated in Christianity. But what is happening is that the devil is using wolves on sheep clothing to infiltrate the church and tarnish the image of Lord God himself. So if you are doing somethings that are very contradictory to the teachings, rules and laws which Christ and God has set, you have no right to claim communion until you have cleansed yourself from such sinful acts and come to the Lord with not just a clean and truthful mind, but a clean body also. Not a body defiled by dirt, but one defiled by satanic and dirty practices.
Have you taken any communion?
The communion is a sacred sacrament which allows Christians and followers of Christ to indulge in a practice which shows the acceptance of Christ and his teachings. It should bring us closer to him by remembering all which he did for mankind in life, his death and resurrection. One should see this sacrament as not just the consumption of bread and wine, but a symbol of taking in Christ as part of you, to dwell in you and live by his faith, teachings and beliefs.