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Giving Thanks Through Communion

By Kenneth Copeland

     There is much to be understood about Communion and its significance to the body of Christ. It is not just a religious tradition we observe; it is a rememberance of our total deliverance through the sacrifice of Jesus. It is also an excellent time to release our faith and recieve our covenant rights.

     When a believer partakes of the Lord's Supper, he should do so with full understanding of its significance. Communion, to many people, has become only a religious observance. It has a much deeper meaning than that. 
     The communion table is an emblem of Jesus' sacrifice for us. "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 the remission of sins (Matthew 26:26-28)."
  Primarily, the Church has centered its attention on the wine as an emblem of Jesus' blood that was shed for sin. We take the emblem of blood and say, "Thank God, we are delivered from sin," and that's true. Praise God for it! But the blood is only hald of Communion. Jesus shared the bread first, before He shared the wine. The bread is an emblem of Jesus' body that was broken for us. The emblem for His body is just as important as the emblem for His blood.
     According to Isaiah 53:4,5, Jesus' sacrifice covered every area of man's existence. He bore spiritual torment for our sins; mental distress for our worry, care and fear; physical pain for our sickness and disease. The stripes He bore were for our healing. With His stripes, we are healed. God gave everything He had to redem mankind from the curse. For us to recieve only part of His sacrifice is an insult to Him.

    When we recieve Communion, we are recieving His body and His blood. Every time we partake, we should examine ourselves closely according to 1 Corinthians 11:28,29, "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 damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. There is much more involved in recieving Communion than most Christians realize.
     God instituted the Lord's Supper for a reason. When you recieve it, you should be ready to partake of everything Jesus' sacrifice provided- salvation, peace of mind, healing, total prosperity. In the past, we have missed the full meaning of Communion by not completely judging ourselves when we partake of it. We have been ready to recieve His blood and quick to judge ourselves of sin and repent of it. But what about His body? It was broken for us. It was bruised for us. The stripes laid on His back were for our healing. At Communion, we should judge ourselves where sickness is concerned as well. Jesus purchased our healing at Calvary just as He purchased our salvation. With this in mind, we say, "Lord, it's not right that I should suffer from sickness and disease. I judge it now as being from Satan and I reject it. I refuse to recieve it any longer. I partake of the sacrifice of Your body and I recieve healing that You provided, in Jesus' name."

     When you partake of Communion, make a point of judging yourself to the fullest extent. Don't just recieve it halfway. Accept everything Jesus' sacrifice provided. If you don't examine yourself- if you recieve Communion just as a religious exercise- you will be eating and drinking unworthily, not discerning the Lord's body. Paul wrote, "For this cause, many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (1 Corinthians 11:30)." Why are Christians sick? Why do Christians die before their time? For one reason: because they do not discern the Lord's body. When the first Passover was instituted, God instructed Moses to kill a lamb, spread its blood over the door, and then roast the lamb and eat all of it. Any that remained was to be burned away. That sacrificial lamb of God, was the supreme sacrifice under the Abrahamic Covenant. When you partake of His sacrifice, don't only take part of it. Take all of it! Consume it completely! Recieve all that His great sacrifice has made available.

      No matter what you may be faced with- sin, sickness, disease, fear, torment, worry, or strife- you can be delivered through properly recieving the Lord's table. The body and blood of Jesus covered every area of you existence; so by discerning His body and judging yourself before God and recieve your deliverance!
     Make your time of fellowsip this Thanksgiving with your loved ones complete. Recieve communion together and experience the freshness and newness of life Jesus paid the price for. You are the reason His body was broken. You are the reason His blood was shed. Because He loves you so much, He was willing to sacrifrice His life in order for you to go free.
     It was complete redemption Jesus provided for us. As we stop and take time to rightly discern the Lord's  body and partake communion together, let's "forget notall his benefits" and give thanks!
     That doesn't mean that healing is automatic or that we can recieve the fulness of it in this lifetime. But it does mean our wholeness, both now and eternity, is grounded upon Christ's atoning work at Calvary.
That's why we celebrate the Lord's supper- to remember all the good things He has done for us through the cross. As we approach the Lord's table, we should rehearse all the benefits of Christ's atonment as a source of encouragement and faith. 
     Above all, we should recieve the bread and cup realizing that Christ's shed blood provided for our fellowship with God. As we partake of His life in our hearts by faith, we will experience His wonderful presence- and enjoy the communion in communion.