Vol. 8, No. 12
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The Lord's Supper, or communion, is partaking of our Lord's body and blood that he shed, gave, on the cross of Calvary, the perfect sacrifice for our sins. It is a commemoration of his death on the cross, and a reminder of what Christians are about. Jesus established it just before his death on the cross. "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:26-28).
The apostle Paul said, "For I have received of the Lord that which I also delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as oft as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till He come" (1 Corinthians 11:23-36).
How often is "as oft"? Jesus instructed the twelve, those that became apostles, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 18:18). In Acts 20:7, we see Paul going to Troas where he stayed seven days. And we see that the Lord's Supper, the communion, was taken on the first day of the week. The apostles had set the time and the frequency. It was bound in heaven also. At Troas we have this, "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread," So the frequency is the first day of the week, or Sunday as we would name it today.
With regard to the frequency, and how it is done, we should also note that "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). Jesus is present for every part of church services.
Church leaders should make sure that every member receives every benefit of the church. Especially true is that every benefit should be void of prejudice, or bias, as Paul rebuked Peter (Galatians 2:11-14). And church leaders should prevent any loss of benefit to a member through organization, institutional-zing, exclusivity or by mistake. That also includes the Lord's Supper.