Communion is a powerful tool that gives us healing and wholeness. To understand the purpose of communion let me start in the beginning.
God made Man to have authority and dominion over the earth, and when Adam disobeyed God and chose to obey the devil, and then Satan became man’s ruler and owned man’s authority.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet. Satan became the ruler over earth, the one to have man’s dominion and authority over the planet. Because God follows His own rules and gave the planet to man, He could not go in as God and take back the planet from Satan. So in order to restore man to the rightful position of ruler, God made a blood covenant with man.
A blood covenant was between 2 people or groups, and the purpose was to exchange strengths for what the other was weak in. It was sealed in the shed blood of each leader from each group. Because of the covenant, Jesus could bring God’s help to man through the Holy Spirit. The exchange was God who was NOT a man could come to earth in the form OF A MAN Jesus and give man their rightful place as Lord ( under Lord of Jesus) of the earth. Man in turn received Gods help in the form of the Holy Spirit.
It helped both groups of people, one group might be good farmers, but they kept getting beat up by neighbors and losing their livestock. The second group might be great warriors, but not have fertile ground to grow their food. So they would make a covenant: one getting food and the other, protection.
Here is how it worked:
Exchange strength and weakness for the other group’s strength and weakness.
1. Exchange weapons—a symbol of giving each other their strength. Now the enemies of one are the enemies of both.
2. Exchange coats: a symbol of my authority. All I have is yours and yours is mine.
3. Exchange names: they would cut themselves and intermingle their blood to show loyalty. They now were one.
Then they sacrificed an animal and walked through the blood. They stood in the middle, saying curses and blessings to each other.
4. Each person pronounced blessings/promises to each other that could never be broken.
5. Each group pronounced curses/penalty to each other. Death, if the promises were broken. They even said by what curse they would die.
6. They ate a covenant meal together of bread and wine, which showed their willingness to lay down their lives for each other. (This is now the symbols of communion)
The bread represented their flesh and the wine their blood. Let me show you what I mean. This is where this story begins. It is the story of a man named Abraham and his family. Abraham had a covenant like this and this is his story. Abraham had a “Blood Covenant” and his covenant partner was GOD.
Abraham’s part of the covenant was to do believe God. Later came laws called Levitical laws
One of the rules of the covenant is that whatever your covenant partner did, you must be willing to do it too. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his first-born son instead of a lamb. Abraham obeyed and was willing to kill his son. This meant that God now was required by covenant law to also sacrifice His first-born Son. Now remember, if you broke your side of the covenant, the penalty was death.
Abraham and his children broke the covenant…. but God said, “I don’t want you to die. No, instead YOU kill an animal in YOUR PLACE.”
Later, God replace the Levitical’ rules with the 10 Commandments, You still had to sacrifice an animal if you broke one rule. (These laws were a shadow of Jesus. These laws showed man they could never be good enough to keep the law. So in time God gave the sacrifice that was legally required of the law that would forever make receivers of the covenant “Good Enough”)
Abraham got old and died, but the covenant still went on. In time, the children of Abraham were under slavery in Egypt and they wanted to go make a sacrifice to God, their covenant partner, but the slave masters wouldn’t let them go. So, one of the curses (or plagues) came on the land. Was that all the first-born children and animals would die at midnight. To protect His children who had a covenant with Him, God said to sacrifice a lamb, smear its blood on your door, and the death angel will PASS OVER your house and can’t touch anyone in your house. That blood was a reminder or a sign of the blood covenant that God had with Abraham and his children. This event is called “The Passover.” God did this because He was bond by His Covenant to protect His Covenant partners.
Go ahead in time; God was now ready to sacrifice His Son. So He sent Jesus to earth. He lived a perfect, sinless life, but was murdered; He went to hell, paid our penalty for breaking our covenant…. BUT three days later, after He died, He rose from the dead. This event is called Easter. He rose from the dead to and went to sit on the right hand of God, Than He send back the Holy Spirit to as a seal of the new covenant and to empower us to enforce the new covenant.
He changed the rule from the 10 commands to 2 rules. To BELIEVE on the name of Jesus and to walk in Gods ‘ LOVE.
Easter is about how God sent His Son Jesus to pay the price for our sins, and how He went to hell for us, and three days later rose from the dead, having victory over the devil. Then He went to heaven, sent back the PROMISE of the Holy Spirit so we could be reunited with God and become part of God’s family, and enforce the defeat of the devil. Jesus was our sacrificial lamb. The Holy Spirit is the Covenant promise of the NEW Covenant.
Gal 3:29 says we are Abraham’s seed, so we are part of this covenant. Even though you and I and everyone are guilty for breaking the law and we should die, we are free because Jesus, God’s Son, became our sacrificial lamb. …all things are purified with blood and without shedding of blood there is no remission. We don’t even have the curse for breaking the law anymore. Today, the old covenant is fulfilled by Jesus, and we have a better covenant in the New Testament.
Now when we take communion we are doing it as a reminder that we have a NEW Covenant sealed with the Blood of Jesus. The Covenant is between Jesus and God. We are partnered in with Jesus by accepting His free gift of salvation He paid for us by dying on the cross for all our sins.
When we drink the wine it is a representative of the Blood of Jesus dying for us. All our lifetime of sins are forgiven. We will never be taken out of Gods hands. We are His forever. When we eat the bread it is a representative of the body that was broken for you. He took all your sickness, weakness, sorrow and grief’s on the cross so you could be healed and healthy. When we know all that He did for us on the cross we will receive healing for our body, spirit and soul when we take communion instead of being sick like the world. Communion is a powerful tool that can be enjoyed daily!
Excerpts from, “Feed My People Joy:Kingdom Living For End Times Vol 1” Free Kindle book Available Dec 25-27 at Amazon.