Is There Power In The Cracker?
I had a flashback to my youth today as I was flipping channels. I came across a TV “preacher” who was going to give me the secret to successful Christian living, to have true power through the Holy Communion! By eating the body and drinking the blood of Jesus. I changed channels rather quickly and will not name names (while exposing the error I do not want to attack the person). This flashed me back to my Roman Catholic days when the Priest blessed the Eucharist and wine and it became the body and blood of Jesus. And I love Catholics, most of my family still belongs to the Catholic Church but that does not mean I agree with its teachings. I wanted to shout at the TV: Don’t you realize people will listen to you! You are leading them down the wrong path!
Let’s see what the Bible says on the matter:
- Luke 22:19 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. Matthew Henry puts it this way: The breaking of Christ’s body as a sacrifice for us is here commemorated by the breaking of bread.(1) First this is symbolic the disciples were eating bread and drinking juice not Jesus. Second, this gives the reason for it: We are to do this in remembrance of Him. Not for power, needs or selfish motives but to remember our Jesus and His sacrifice for us.
- I Cr 11:27-31 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and drink of [that] cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. Here we see the need to examine ourselves to make sure we take communion worthily. It is good that we take time to examine ourselves to make sure we are saved, confessing all known sin and judging ourselves guilty of the sin and coming to Jesus in repentance confessing and forsaking the sin and whereby He makes us worthy to take the Lord ’s Supper.
Therefore the benefit, if any is a closer standing with God for our confession and a great time of worship for Jesus as we remember what He did for us so long ago.
(1)Henry, Matthew. “Commentary on Luke 22.” Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible. Blue Letter Bible. 01 Mar 1996. 21 Sep 2006.