Jesus left two ordinances with Christians: Baptism and Communion. I will talk about Communion here. When I was a Catholic, I remember people receiving Communion at a certain time during service.
But I didn't because I wasn't yet a confirmed Catholic. For 10 years, I never took Communion. I never read it anywhere in my Bible. I didn't realize that the priest was reading the words of Jesus in preparing for that part of the service.
It's 2016, and I am tired of anything to do with religion. Catholics, Pentecostals. I didn't want to know. I focused on studying the Bible. That's when I came across this ordinance....in one of Paul's letters. I was in a desperate situation. I read those verses for an entire day. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:23–24)
I spend a good part of the book explaining these verses.
In the same manner he also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. 1 Corinthians 11:25.
I took time and explained this verse as well. 6 years has been enough time for me to write something I have proved.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26.
I remember reading these verses and asking myself why Christians were not partaking this meal every day! Then I noticed most didn’t know about it. And those who did, didn’t understand it well. So I wrote. The confusing parts about this meal are the verses that come after.
Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:27
It’s the manner, not the person that is the subject. The other part of the book explains this in detail.
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. 1 Corinthians 11:28
Who examines you? No one. You do the examination yourself. What do you examine? I explain all this in the book.
I like what I wrote because it is something I have shared every day. And it is something I would read. That’s what Stan Lee said about his epic stories. He would write something he would read. Same here.