It is the loving heart of God the Father to have ordained the Holy Communion, which is not a ritual to be observed but as a blessing to be received – the blessing of health and wholeness.
The bread is the greatest expression of His Love towards us, that He endured the cruel stripes on His back, His body was beaten, bruised, and broken, that we can be made whole in exchange for our sickness and diseases. The wine represents His blood, the sinless blood of the Son of God, that brings Forgiveness of all sins (past, present, and future sins) – it made us forever Righteous, Holy, and blameless. So today, we can have PERFECT STANDING before the Father and we can come BOLDLY to His loving PRESENCE without fear or worry, and our PRAYERS are surely heard by God attentively.
Partaking Holy Communion is to remind us of these TWO elements’ benefits that we inherit as believers. The more we are aware of them, the more the benefits become real and manifested in our daily life.
It is God’s nature to heal, we can witness this in the Bible, that most of the time Jesus was healing the sick, delivered the demon possessed, raising the dead, and feeding the multitude. If God wants us healthy and whole, then Christians should not be experiencing serious, life-threatening illnesses. I am not referring to cough or cold. If the people of the world are sick, it should not surprise us, for they do not have Jesus Christ as their protection. But when believers are seriously sick, I want to know why, and I do not want to draw my conclusions from human experience, I want an answer from God’s Word.
The bible gives one and only one reason Christians are weak and sick, and die prematurely. The apostle Paul in 1Cor 11:29-30 said “For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep (died prematurely)”
Paul said, “For this reason…” , a singular reason, ONE REASON (he did not say these reasons, but this reason). What is this reason? => Not discerning the Lord’s body (failure to discern the Lord’s body). It means that they did not know why they were partaking Holy Communion. They had no idea why they were eating the bread. Therefore, they were not receiving the benefits of the divine health and divine life of their Savior, Jesus Christ. So, they become like one of the people of the world, who are always subject to sickness and diseases. In other word, if they were to do discern the Lord’s body, they will receive the benefits of the Lord’s supper and become strong, healthy, and live long.
The early church believed this, in Act 2:42 “…they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine (preaching of the Good News) and Fellowship, in the breaking of bread (Holy Communion), and in prayers.” They truly observed the 4 major things that Jesus taught them (Apostle’s doctrine, Fellowship, Holy Communion, and prayers), and it is no wonder that the early church experienced God’s Power, as we can read in Act 2:43, 46 that they broke bread from house to house, and many signs and wonders were done through the apostles.
Breaking of bread became a major and continual act in the early church, they did it often. How often? as often as you need it (it is a medicine to your body & soul), and once you are a believer you are a Priest (1 Pet 2:9) and you do not need a Pastor to do this for you, and you can do this until you meet Lord Jesus again. (1Co 11:26)
Apostle Paul separated the two elements, the bread and the wine. Thus, the body and the blood should not be treated as one. There is a two-fold application in the Holy Communion. The wine which is His blood is for our forgiveness. And the bread, which is His body, is for our healing.
Most Christians today have no problems discerning the blood when they partake of the wine. But not many know how to discern the Lord’s body. The Bible treats disease and demon possession as the same thing since they both originate from the devil. Act 10:38 says that Jesus went about doing good and “…healing all who were oppressed by the devils”. Notice that disease is due to the devil’s oppression, and we need God’s healing power for these problems.
How to discern the bread during Holy Communion? Know this: His body was burnt because the full fury of God’s wrath against our sins fell on Jesus. This fire was supposed to fall on us and our families, but it fell on Jesus instead. His side was pierced and He bore those merciless stripes on His back so that our bodies might be made whole. On the last supper just before Jesus went to the cross, He took the bread and broke it because His body was going to be broken. His body was broken so that yours and mine can be made whole. When you partake in this spirit of faith, something happens to your body. You become strong, healthy, and you will live long. Hallelujah. Thank you Jesus.