Do You Know Jesus?

In 07 Observations on 2011/07/20 at 11:11 AM

Often, this question is posed directly and suddenly by well-meaning individuals who love Jesus Christ to determine the state of another’s relationship with Him.

Like many, I’m asked this question often.  My reply is: “Absolutely!  I receive Him, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, every Sunday in Communion.  Can you think of a more intimate union than that?”

So, how do I know this is true, that Jesus Christ is truly present in Holy Communion, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity?  It’s right in the Scriptures.

First, the writer of Corinthians presents the case for Christ’s presence in Holy Communion throughout several passages of Corinthians.  He writes in I Cor. 11: 23-27: “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This IS my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ 25 In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup IS the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.”

He then goes on to explain in 1 Cor.15:3 that “it was attested to us by those who heard him” meaning the Apostles at the Last Supper.  The Apostles confirmed the veracity of the words of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper and proclaimed His message of  salvation in the Gospels: in Matthew 26:26-29, in Mark 14:22-25 and in Luke 22:19-20.

Each Gospel account captures the words of Our Lord, the Eternal Word of God, when He says: ”This IS my body.”  He doesn’t say, “This is like my body” or “This symbolizes my body.”  He says, “This IS my body.”

The writer of Corinthians continues in I Cor. 1: 21: “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

And, 1 Cor. 15 :1, he admonishes: “Now I would remind you, brethren, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, 2 by which you are saved, if you hold it fast–unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”

So, how do I know that Jesus Christ is truly present with us in Holy Communion?  Through the Word of God, the Eternal Word, Jesus Christ Himself . . . to him be Glory, Praise and Honor forever.


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