Then He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”
He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”
I realize there are many people who grew up with traditions and family memories attached to those religious holidays but that is all they are, religious holidays, having nothing to do with King Jesus or His Kingdom. He did not tell us to remember his birth, crucifixion or resurrection. His focus was on the Kingdom and His Father. Keep in mind, we are the temple of the living God. When the Lord God delivered us from our disobedience, it was because He wanted to live in us through the Holy Spirit--our Governor. Read what ambassador Paul stated concerning holiness: Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.
As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be My people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Even though ambassador Paul was speaking to the Corinthian saints, this applies to all Believers.
Let me be perfectly clear, religious people honor and worship religious holidays, but citizens of the Kingdom of God have a memorial and commemoration of His last words to His disciples. My wife Arlene and I have that memorial on the 23rd of every month, faithfully. We do it in remembrance of our Lord Jesus. For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. NKJV Note that He stated in verse 26 "you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes". He also stated "as often as you do it". You don't have to attend a church, it is between you and your King. You are showing the utmost respect and honor for your King and Lord.
Here in the United States, in church they have what they call communion. Many conduct it on a specific Sunday at specific intervals. But remember, you are the church and can have it in the privacy of your home with your family, such as my wife and I have.
Keep this in mind; the Lord Jesus never had a mass communion. In fact, those were his family, meaning His disciples. They were the only ones there. When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the Twelve... So Jesus sent two of them into Jerusalem with these instructions: “As you go into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” So the two disciples went into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there. In the evening Jesus arrived with the Twelve. It is my responsibility to share with you the truth: what and how you use it is up to you. It is not a religious ritual, but an intimate memorial and commemoration of the Lord Jesus. At no time did the Lord Jesus instruct His disciples to celebrate His birth or His death. What He did was to set up a memorial for those citizens of the Kingdom of God who followed His last instructions. He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
After supper He took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with My blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you... For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again. Remember, the Lord Jesus never preached on His birth, never preached on the cross and never preached on the resurrection. Those were things He did. He only preached and taught on His Kingdom. That was always His focus and purpose. To introduce mankind to the Kingdom of God.
Once again, your faith in the King is your greatest asset in His Kingdom. Glory!
Luke 22:14-19 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 11:23-25 Matthew 26:20
Mark 14:13-17 Luke 22:19-20 2 Corinthians 11:26
All NLT except where noted.
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