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Water and Wine

October 12, 2010

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.

Maundy Thursday

April 2, 2010

Tonight our church commemorated Maundy Thursday. For those who don’t know, the word “Maundy” originates from Latin, and means “New Covenant”.  Therefore, a Maundy Thursday service is one which commemorates the Last Supper, when Jesus revealed the New Covenant he was about to inaugurate. It is different from the regular communion services that are held throughout the year because the entire service is totally focused on Jesus Christ’s last supper, the events of that night, and exactly what it means for everyone. It is a very solemn service, unlike the regular Sunday services or monthly communion services. Maundy Thursday is an annual event that is observed by most churches.

As I was coming home from this solemn service, my husband and I were talking about how the Jehovah’s Witnesses just had their version of the service a few nights ago. (I’m an ex-Jehovah’s Witness, for those who are unaware).  In the Jehovah’s Witness version, they all gather after sundown on the Hebrew calendar date of Nisan 14th. They give a sermon and pass the wine and bread, but there are key differences between their version and the rest of the world: They don’t allow anyone to consume the bread or wine unless they are one of an elite class that believes are going to heaven (only a total of 144,000 in their view, with only a few thousand left on earth to partake of the elements, everyone else gets to stay on a paradise earth. Only the heaven bound get to eat the bread and drink the wine).  This means that in almost every Jehovah’s Witness congregation, nobody gets to eat of the bread or sip of the wine, even though they all pass it around to each other.  In the congregation I grew up in, out of the 150 members, only two actually consumed the communion elements each year. And because they are so rigid about who gets to take the bread and wine, a huge chunk of the sermon is spent on explaining why nobody else can take the elements.

So I’m sitting in the car pondering over the differences between the Jehovah’s Witness Memorial, and the rest of the world’s Maundy Thursday event. I have to say, I DEFINITELY prefer the Maundy Thursday event: Nobody is prevented from taking of the symbols of Christ, and the entire sermon and bible readings were straight from the biblical account of the last supper. No lengthy explanations of who gets to partake and who doesn’t,  no rejection of the elements of Christ, and it was much more edifying. The Jehovah’s Witnesses focus more on the division of who gets to take and who doesn’t, whereas the churches focus only on the biblical event and the awe of what Jesus did for us.

I keep praying that my family begins to see the errors of the sect, so they  can be free to accept Jesus too.


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