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3.28.2020 Receiving the Lord’s Supper at Home

Being sheltered at home during this time—we miss many things: Fellowship, praising, worshipping with others--& maybe especially, receiving the Lord’s supper (Communion), However, we can do this at home!

So, two items are used in the Holy Communion—the bread which represents Jesus’ body that was scourged and broken before and during His crucifixion,— and the cup which represents His shed blood.

In Luke 22:20, Jesus tells us that the cup is the “new covenant in My blood”, and the apostle Paul tells us that the blood of Jesus brings forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:14, Ephesians 1:7). Many believers/followers of Christ receive Communion daily. Some do so weekly with their families, at home. There is no set rule—I like to do it whenever the Holy Spirit gives me unction to do so.

WHY DO BELIEVERS PARTAKE OF THE HOLY COMMUNION?

Besides being born again in Christ, a healthy body and mind are the greatest blessings anyone can have. The Holy Communion is God’s ordained channel of healing and wholeness.

At the cross, God also took all our sicknesses and diseases and put them on Jesus’ originally perfect and healthy body, so that we can walk in divine health. That is why the Bible says by His stripes, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24).

When Jesus walked on earth, He was vibrant, and His body was full of life and health. He was never sick. But before Jesus went to the cross, He was badly scourged by the Roman soldiers, and His body was torn as He hung on the cross.

I am a firm believer in proclaiming our healing (physical, spiritual, emotional) at this time, because Christ said, "by his wounds (stripes) you have been healed" 1 Peter 2:24

Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Notice the tense! We can proclaim: I HAVE BEEN HEALED. I AM HEALED. We don’t have to beg God to do that for us—He has already made the provision. We just need to believe it, confess it, receive His healing & thank Him for healing us. Done deal.

HOW DO WE DO THIS?

And this is how Jesus instructed His disciples and us, which we can speak out during the time of communion at home:

Luke 22:19-20 & 1 COR. 11:25: And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." 20In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. “Do this, in remembrance of me."

Jesus wanted us conscious of how His body was broken for our wholeness, and His blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. And whenever we partake in this consciousness, we “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).

Today, when we partake of the bread, we are declaring that Jesus’ health and divine life flows in our mortal bodies. And when we partake of the cup, we are declaring that we are forgiven and have been made righteous. Jesus’ blood gives us right standing before God, and we can go boldly into God’s presence (Hebrews 4:16). When we pray, we can be sure that God hears us!

HOW DO I PARTAKE OF THE HOLY COMMUNION?

Before you partake, remember that the Holy Communion is not a ritual to be observed, but a blessing to be received.

Because it is not a ritual, there is no prescribed bread or special drink required. In the Last Supper, Jesus used whatever He had at the table—bread commonly eaten at supper, and whatever they were drinking. You can take Communion alone, or with your family and friends—right in your own home. Remember, the early church met informally in homes! Will you join me in partaking in Holy Communion today?

TO PARTAKE, FIRST, HOLD THE BREAD IN YOUR HAND AND SAY:

Thank You, Father, for the gift of Your Son. By the stripes that fell on His back, my body is healed from the crown of my head to the very soles of my feet. Every cell, every organ, every function of my body is healed, restored, and renewed. In Jesus’ name, I believe and I receive. [Eat the bread.]

NEXT, TAKE THE CUP IN YOUR HAND AND SAY:

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your precious blood. Your sin-free, disease-free, poverty-free life is in Your blood. And Your shed blood has removed every sin from my life. Through Your blood, I am forgiven of all my sins—past, present and future—and made completely righteous. Today, I celebrate and partake of the inheritance of the righteous, which is preservation, healing, wholeness and provision. Thank You Lord Jesus, for loving me. Amen. [Drink the wine.]

You can pray the Lord’s Prayer afterwards, if you wish—since this is the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray, and add any other prayer you desire. May you be blessed today!

Love from, Pastor Jill Torgerson You may call or text me at 218-556-2757 or email me at jilltorgerson@gmail.com if you have questions or would like prayer.

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