A Post Script to the article: Where is Eternal life found, in the Torah or the word of Yeshua?
In this article I have shown first of all that the ministry and covenant made through Yeshua is superior in every way to that of Moshe. That is not meant as a criticism of Torah or of the Old Covenant. We must all embrace the fact that the Old covenant with its particular laws for the priesthood and for the land of Israel served an important function in the plan of God and in providing the foundation through which the New Covenant and priesthood and even the salvation of the world would be realized through Messiah Yeshua.
I have made the statement clear that the Eucharist as it was practiced in the Roman church and soon after established in all of Christianity was a man made ritual which was based on misunderstanding the context of the Lords Supper on Passover and teachings of Yeshua shown in John Chapter 6.
In the past some Christians have become very upset with this article because they have a life long investment in the practice and holy nature of the Eucharist or Communion. I myself have served in a number of church setting including Catholic, Protestant and Messianic and all of them have a type of communion service which considers the bread and wine representing the actual flesh and blood of Jesus. And they have stated most strongly that they believe in the power of this ritual because they and many others have been blessed or healed through it’s practice. And I agree with them. Yes, many miracles have been experienced from observing communion. What I want to say concerning that is any act of faith toward God can and will produce miracles. It is not the communion held as a separate ritual without faith that brings about miracles. It is faith in God that matters and for some the act of taking communion is the most intimate expression of their faith in God and therefore they experience healing, deliverance and a new zeal for God.
What I am addressing as error is the specific teaching that a man, a priest, can say sanctifying prayers over bread and wine and they become the flesh and blood of the Lord. This practice goes back millennia before Christianity in numerous blood cults and was introduced in Christianity along with many other pagan practices when the Church in Rome merged into a single new religion.
Is there a place for a ritual of communion in the lives of believers. I say yes! As a Blood covenant meal. A Covenant is a sworn oath a binding eternal promise. In the Middle East making a covenant usually involved some formalities or rituals which in part included making a cut in the hand of the covenant makers and mixing their blood in a sworn oath to the effect saying, your people are my people, your enemies are my enemies, what I have is yours. Sometimes each party would take a part of the other persons name and add it to theirs. They might exchange weapons or something of value. A piece of land might be set aside and planted with fruit trees or a vineyard that became common ground between them and all this was sealed with a simple covenant meal of Bread and wine.
If you think for moment you can see all of these in the covenant God made with Abraham, and with the covenant of Moshe. On the night that Yeshua was to be arrested and crucified he took bread and wine from the Passover Seder meal and said, this is my blood of the new covenant! He was initiating the New covenant for all men, the very promise made through Moshe and the Prophets (Jer 31:31). And he says “as often as you eat this bread do so in remembrance of men”. This he said in the context of the Passover meal and he used the bread of the dinner that is called the Afikomen, the hidden bread and the cup of wine after the meal which is the “Cup of Redemption”.
Communion taken in your home or in a church service is a reaffirming of your being part of this New Covenant that was made through the sacrifice of Yeshua. Yes it invokes faith and brings us back to center with the Lord. It is intimate and personal because as we do this we are actually standing before God pledging that we are affirming our participation in this covenant with its privileges and responsibilities. I encourage this kind of understanding and believe it is in line with what the very first believers were taking part in and referred to as the “Lords Supper”. They did this each time they met. They remembered that it was the Lord’s blood and Body that was given to secure our forgiveness and salvation and ultimately our eternal lives. We do this not by eating his flesh or drinking his blood but by believing in and living by His words in faith.
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