WHAT SHOULD BE TAKEN FOR COMMUNION?
Often times when one walks into a church and sees the communion being served, one realizes there seems to be some confusion in people’s mind as to what to be taken for Christ’s blood. Some serve mostly wine or grape juice, and sometimes even fruit punch!!
Let us not be fooled, Christ’s blood, being so precious must be represented by something that is indeed precious to mankind. Man has often used too much of his own reasoning and too little use of the scriptures. In this article we will try to look clearly at what the scriptures have to say about some of these representations of Christ’s blood.
The reference to wine in the bible is greatly significant, and has always had a negative connotation.
Why is this? Turn your bible to
20. And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard;
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
Firstly Noah was made drunk by the drinking of the (delete word)wine, and secondly, he was naked in his tent. Imagine your son or daughter finding you naked like that in an intoxicated state. Shame!! How then can this substance be prized enough to represent our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ’s blood. Not convinced? Let us move on to another passage of scripture that puts some ministers to an open shame.
Isaiah 28: 7-8:
7. “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.”
These words do not leave a good taste in anyone’s mouth. The words vomit and filthiness show that there is something wrong with drinking wine, hence the thought of using it for communion is out. The ministers (priests) have made a mistake in drinking and they make errors in judgment. Why should anyone allow any minister to serve him or her wine for communion when the bible is showing that it is not good for drinking?
Grape juice is just as bad to be taken for communion.
Numbers 6:3 – “He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.” Here the Lord gave a command to Moses concerning a man or woman making a vow unto Him. If you come into the church to be a part of Christ for the rest of your life why then are you leaving the drinking of wine (on the outside) to be given it all over again for communion? To back up what I am trying to get across read:
Leviticus 10:9-10 – “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean.”
It is now clear as crystal. The Lord told the people through Moses these words. This is to be a law to be kept throughout your generations forever. How long is forever?
Ecclesiastes 1:4 – “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth forever.”
So as long as the earth abides with us then this law should be observed throughout the generations of man.
Are you partaking of the communion of Christ?