It never ceases to amaze me how consistently the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ. This past Sunday in my adult Sunday school class I was made aware of yet another Old Testament “marker” that foreshadowed Jesus Christ:
In the Old Testament the first miracle that Moses performed was that of turning water into blood (Exodus 4:9). In the New Testament is Christ’s first miracle of turning water in to wine (John 2:7-9) — keep in mind that wine is symbolic of Christ’s blood (Matthew 26:27-29).
This gave me something to seriously ponder later in the day:
1. Jesus is known as “The Living Water” (John 4:10-14). Also, it is His blood (“wine”) which saves us (Ephesians 1:7). Therefore He is both water and wine for us.
2. The Living Water and the (blood)wine tie in together when water and blood poured out of Jesus Christ when he was crucified (John 19:34).
As I pondered this, I remembered something else: In some faiths who claim Christianity they offer communion with only plain water, not actual wine or grape juice. It’s as though they are accepting Him as the Living Water, yet omitting His blood as the means of Salvation.
You cannot accept His Living Water while at the same time ignoring His cleansing blood, it is an incomplete belief!
In some other faiths who claim Christianity they omit communion from their worship altogether. However, scripture speaks of true Christians as taking communion (Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 10:16), and that the taking of communion proclaims witness to the Lord’s death until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:26). Therefore, to eliminate communion means to stop proclaiming His death as a means of Salvation.
A Christian should proclaim His death if for no other reason than that it is the way of Salvation!
It’s a package deal; if you believe in the Salvation of Jesus Christ you must accept the water and the wine and actively pursue that belief by accepting them in your worship. You can’t “a la carte” Salvation; there is no provision for such a thing in the scriptures. You either believe in the water and wine and proclaim it, or you don’t. There is no fence position; you are either FOR Christ or AGAINST Christ — because those who are not FOR Him are AGAINST Him, there is no middle ground (Luke 11;23). In other words, you cannot be both. Either be for Him fully, or not.
And…those who are against Christ will be put under His feet! (Luke 11:23, 20:43)
This give pause to seriously think:
Do you truly believe in Jesus Christ the Living Water, and Salvation through His Blood?
If so, do you participate in practicing communion?
If you truly believe in the Life Giving Water and the Blood of Salvation, why shouldn’t you participate in the proclamation through communion?!
Praise be to the God who gave us these provisions!
Praise be to the Son who agreed to die for us puny humans!
Please get off the fence if you are on it. Choose a side; if you don’t then it will be like choosing the wrong side anyway. You either choose Christ completely, or you don’t. And He sees it; there’s no fooling Him.
Amen, and God Bless.