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— IN PRESENTATION —
OF THE EUCHARIST / HOLY COMMUNION / THE LORD'S TABLE – TO CHRIST'S CONGREGATION

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The manner in which Holy Communion is presented to the congregation of the Lord's people is important in terms of its given significance in Holy Scripture.
 
The Christian celebration of Holy Communion has a specified sequence given to us in the Word of God for good reason.
 
 
The Bread and the Cup do not carry the same meaning!
 
In
their totality they represent the New Covenant instituted by Christ through His death, but each element carries a particular focus or emphasis.
 
The Sequence: 
"For I [Paul] received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said,
'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'."
1 Corinthians 11:23-25.
A Memorial Meal: 
Christ chose to institute this Christian practice at His celebration of the Jewish Passover with His disciples. From the memorial supper of Israel's deliverance from Egyptian bondage, the Lord presented a shared celebration of the New Covenant given in Himself as the Lamb of God.
 
A Shared Event: 
"And He took a Cup, and when He had given thanks He said,
'Take this, and divide it among yourselves.
For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes'.
And He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying,
'This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me'."
Luke 22:17-22.
No Exclusivity: 
"And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying,
'This cup that is poured out for you is the New Covenant in My blood.
But behold, the hand of him who betrays Me is with Me on the table.
For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!'"
 
The Distinction: 
The Bread and the Cup, although part of the same shared celebration of the New Covenant in Christ, are not interchangeable with each other, nor should they ever be combined, such as a wafer dipped in wine. They do not mean the same thing.
 
 
It is not without significance that we are reminded by the Holy Spirit through Paul that it was specifically on the night in which Jesus was betrayed that He broke bread and gave it to His disciples as a memorial. Although the Cup refers directly to the atoning death of Christ represented in His blood, the Bread carries another significance which is an integral part of this New Covenant in Christ.
 
 
"The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ? Because there is one Bread, we who are many are one Body, for we all partake of the one Bread."
1 Corinthians 10:16-17.
It
is for this reason that the preparatory approach to this sacred celebration is –
 
 
"For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the Body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died."
1 Corinthians 11:29-30.
 
'Discerning the Body' is not a reference to memory or imagination concerning the crucifixion!
 
 
It is a perception of each other as fellow-participants in the one Body of Christ. It is a point of correction of relationships among Christ's people.
 
To
take of this Bread then without this evaluation is to disregard the special significance of the Bread – broken from one piece and shared. It would be a violation of its meaning!
 
The Bread First: 
For this reason this Bread is served first in the celebration. It signifies the practical application of Christ's redemption in our individual personal relationships to those gathered who are part of His Body also. Therefore the Holy Spirit stresses through Paul that believers celebrating this Communion are to wait for one another, for the act is a confession of their unity in Christ
 
 
"So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another – if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home –
so that when you come together it will not be for judgment."
1 Corinthians 11:33-34.
 
To eat the Bread of Holy Communion is a confession of faith that the eater is part of Christ's Body, Christ's congregation; that therefore his/her fellow-believers of part of Christ to the celebrant. An attitude less than this means to loose the protection that belongs to Christ's people and, in principle like Ananias and Saphira, to negate God's purpose in my life as part of His Body. Therefore – "many of you are weak and ill, and some have died"!
Acts 5:4.
 
The true confession of the Bread in the mouth of each believer leads to the beginning of the future through the New Covenant in Christ's Blood. For this reason the Lord Jesus Christ directly associated this act with the coming of the Kingdom, as quoted above.
 
 
Glory to His name!
 
 
"Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven"
 
  See: The Character of Holy Communion
The Body of Christ Symbols that Strengthen What Happened at Pentecost?

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