An Open Letter: On Communion ©

An Open Letter: On Communion ©

By Ronald D. Lesley, D.D.

 

Pluralism has given our society the belief that there is more than one kind of fundamental reality or of fundamental existents.  In other words there can be two truths.  I say, “If things differ they are not the same.”

 

Baptists have always had to stand for the doctrine of immersion in Baptism.  We hold that the Bible is final authority.  The Word of God stands as our foundation of Truth.  Should it not be the same for Communion?  Should not the Bible be the bases for what we do and practice in our Faith.  Truth should be held with conviction.

 

1 Corinthians 11:23-34  23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

 

Matthew 26: 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

 

Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 

Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

 

Matzo Bread. This bread was unleavened bread of the Passover.  It is a thin baked hard bread that is the same as our saltine cracker.  In today’s Passover it is called Matzo Bread.

 

This bread is baked in an oven and represents the suffering of Jesus Christ.  It is unleavened denoting Jesus Christ’s sinlessness.

 

 

Bread ˝ inch square or round wafer.  Made of flour, vegetable oil, and water.   

 

This bread is not baked in an oven which represents the suffering of  Jesus Christ.  It is not broken representing individual redemption for each of us.

 

 

 

The modern communion bread sold to our churches is not biblical and should not be used.  It is used to promote the doctrine of transubstantiation.  Transubstantiation is  the miraculous change by which according to Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox dogma the eucharistic elements at their consecration become the body and blood of Christ while keeping only the appearances of bread and wine.  The modern wafer gives the bread a flesh-like feel in the mouth when mixed with saliva. 

 

Christ Jesus should be represent clearly in Communion.  His suffering is seen in the baking of the oven and in the breaking of the bread.  We are to fellowship with Him in communion and enjoy our salvation through His grace.

 

Joh 6:5  When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

 

Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

34  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

 

Joh 6:41  The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.

 

Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.

 

Joh 6:50  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

51     I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

 

Note this verse! John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

 

John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

 

Joh 6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

 

1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?   

17  For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

 

Jesus is the Bread of Life to all that come to Him, and He is the Water and Wine of Life to all who believe on Him.

Communion is a time of self Judgment and addressing our fellowship with Christ and each other.

    I Corinthians 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
    28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
    29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
    30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
    31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
    32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
    33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

Matzo Recipe

2 cups matzo meal or matzo cake meal
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Instructions for the Matzo recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit (240 degrees Celsius or Centigrade).
  2. Combine the matzo meal with the water and salt to form a dough.
  3. It may be necessary to add more water to make the dough workable.
  4. Knead the dough and roll out and fold a couple of times.
  5. Cut dough into 8 pieces.
  6. Roll out each piece as thinly as possible between 2 sheets of wax paper.
  7. Cut into squares and prick the surface of the dough well with a pastry docker or fork.
  8. Work the leftover dough pieces back together to make 1 or 2 more rounds.
  9. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 3 to 4 minutes.
  10. Then turn matzo over and bake another 4 minutes or until the crackers are very lightly browned and crisp.
  11. Cool on a cooling rack and repeat the process.

Many use unsalted saltine crackers.  They are unleavened bread and easily obtained at the grocery store.

 

Matzo Bread can be found in most good grocery stores around Passover.  These boxes of bread can be kept in a freezer for Communion throughout the year.

Wine

Wine in Scripture is an interesting study. There is both fermented and unfermented wine in the Bible. There is no way to distinguish the difference in the original languages. Greek word, oinov oinos oy'-nos, does not distinguish or show a difference. Therefore we must look to the Bible to compare Scripture with Scripture.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Jesus Christ is Wisdom and would not be unwise to drink strong drink. He even refused strong drink and myrrh on the cross. This was a stupefying drink usually given to those crucified.

Mt 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. [ These three gifts represent His kingship ( gold), His Deity (frankincense Worship), and His suffering and death (myrrh). ]

Note the unusual way that Jesus referred to the wine in Matthew 26:29, “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” He described it as the “fruit of the vine.”

Fresh juice is a wonderful and healthy drink. Jesus was a wise man and would not have put strong drink to his brother's lips.

It will never be a mistake to use grape juice for the Lord's table during Communion.