For some of us out there we have knowledge of the last supper. Some of our knowledge is based solely one traditions of man. Have you ever really gone over some of the misunderstandings that is out there about this day and event?
This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1Cor 11:24-26.
The Bible records the events in the disciples writings but in 1 Corinthians it truly breaks it down and then references back to key events in John where Christ spoke on the same event but in a different setting. Most Christians today are aware of its importance but do this differently or at different times. Some do it only a Sundays( based on Roman influence to make Sunday the worship day over the true Sabbath day to honor they Sun god), some only on the first of the month( which really has no backing whatsoever), some every single time they meet, and even more so some only on the day of Passover(Jehovahs witness). Based on scripture this was not a event that only took place on a special day. We know this because this subject matter and instructions on the taken of bread and wine starts off with this verse
But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as a church 1Cor 11:17.
What we see here is the beginning of instruction about the taking of breed and wine. Paul is addressing this with his own church because they also have gotten things confused. Basically they started to take the event and change it into a party or a eating gathering. Basically, using the event as a place to just eat and drink to get full. If you notice the last verse here, “when you come together as a church”. This doesn’t mean once a year. In fact we know they meet more than just once a year. So Paul is establishing the time frame right now. This doesn’t include a special time or he would have said so right here. Why? Because unlike any other place in the Bible about the Taken of Bread these are the specific instruction for the church on how to go about doing it to correct false ways and concepts on it. With this instruction, there are warnings on how not to take this event. If there were any issues with specific dates and times this would have been spoken in this chapter. So basically, how often should you be establishing this? As the verse begins…”when you come together as a Church“. And if you stop and think about Christ’s statement about this event being done in rememberance of him then you know this is what you do every single time you meet in a church gathering. It is not something done once on the first Sunday or once every year. Jehovah Witnesses tie this into the Passover. Rightly so, but the Passover was once a year because the Old covenant laws and they used unworthy sacrifices of a Lamb that would never serve as a eternal source because it remained dead so it would never be good enough. Not to mention the fact that it would be impossible for them to slay a lamb every single time they met up based on sure numbers and availability of the male lambs every place the Jews went. Above all the most glaring proof is the fact that Christ when instructing his disciples never, I repeat never said “do this on this Day”. If there was something critical about only doing it on that day Christ would have spoken it. He never once eluded to this and therefore anyone doing so is adding to his word much like Eve did when she claimed God told her not to “touch” the tree. This is how Satan comes in adds things to get people on a wrong path. Another false action that is assumed for this occasion that the Jehovah Witness believe in without any scripture support is the concept that this event is only to be looked upon. They believe one should simple look at the bread and pass it over and look at the wine and pass it over, unless you are a part of the 144,000 Jehovah witness that is, which the Bible says are ALL Jewish Males only). But what does Christ command? He commanded them to Eat and Drink. If they didn’t Eat and drink what did this mean? Well, scripture is really clear….
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. John 6:53-56
As you can see this comparison and analogy set here links back to the Last Supper event and commandment. How you come up with the thought that somehow it’s ok not to eat or drink even in this symbolic role is beyond me. There is absolutely no, I repeat again, no event in which this event was done by passing on without eating the bread and drinking the wine unless the person was doing this in a “unworthy manner“.
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 1 Cor 11:27
Key word here is manner not person. They will say a unworthy “person” are all those not apart of the 144,000. But scripture doesn’t call or say that a person is unworthy only the proceeding of the event in a unworthy “manner”. So before they show up at the door and ask you to attend the observance of Christ memorial, remember what you are expected to do and remember what Christ commanded of you to do. They don’t align.
I don’t believe Jehovah witnesses to be bad people or no more worse off that any other traditional Church. In many ways they have it right more so than others. But Every single denomination has false beliefs or assumptions in them somewhere. There are no perfect denominations. If you think” mine is” you are wrong. Christ being the Son of the Living God and the only way and light to salvation from the Father is the only truth his church is built off of. The moment “Theology” was born man created their own beliefs on top of the basics God gave to us for salvation. And so we stand divided today because of it. Until next time.