Since 323 AD there have been organized religious services that are governed by rules and regulations. Prior to this time Christians met in homes and served the Lord in private. This Hub is not against anyone's chosen denomination or the rules they enforce. This article is simply to let believers know that the Bible does not command, demand, suggest, advise or enforce organized settings where someone else can tell you that you can or cannot partake in Holy Communion. Let's examine what scripture says and be set free from man-made regulations. The first time that "Communion" is mentioned is during the last meal Christ ate prior to His crucifixion. In Matthew 26 beginning at verse 6 it reads:
6 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. Jesus and His disciples were in the upper room eating a meal and were not in a church service.
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.
Christ and his followers were in a relaxed, private setting enjoying their evening dinner. No matter what setup we have become accustomed to regarding Communion or how we may have been told it has to happen, always keep in mind what transpired the very first time this was done.
The story of the first communion is also told in Mark 14:22–25; and Luke 22:14–23. John's gospel does not address the last supper and theologians offer a reason why. The Gospel of John deals with the spiritual aspects of some of the physical acts that are recorded in the other 3 gospels. John emphasizes how Christ is with us because of the Holy Spirit even though He is not physically in our presence. In John, 14:26-31 Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit as a comforter once He has ascended to heaven. In Matthew 18:20 Christ said that He is in the midst even when there are only 2 or 3 gathered in His Name. Whatever rules and regulations are handed down by organized religion believers should always know the word for themselves. You can take communion by yourself or with a few other believers right in your own home.
I have shared this story many times and believe it bears repeating. When my youngest son was not quite 3 years old he was sick for a week. He did not eat or drink and lay on the couch. On day 8 he asked for Communion so I gave him a glass of Welches grape juice and a saltine cracker. We were not in a church building and did not have a preacher presiding. My little boy held up the cracker and said "This is His body, let us eat." He then held up the glass of grape juice and said This is His blood let us drink". My child immediately got off the couch where he had been lying for 8 days and was healed by his faith. If a specific location and ceremony was necessary, my son would not have been healed.
The Bottom Line
This Hub is not to dissuade anyone from the religious organization they belong to and neither is it to encourage believers to disobey any rules set forth by their spiritual leaders. This article is to inform you that based on scripture you do not have to belong to a specific denomination in order to partake of Holy Communion and if you fall short of their regulations you can commune with your Savior in the privacy of your own home. You don't need to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Should you ever find that you have been barred from a religious service you can seek forgiveness from the Lord on your own. You can eat and drink the bread and wine to remember His sacrifice wherever you choose. Consider what is said in I Corinthians chapter 4.
4 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 often) 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.
If you believe in His virgin birth, crucifixion, resurrection, and second return you can enjoy Holy Communion in a corporate setting or in your own home. Should something happen where you are told you can no longer participate in a church setting, or you are unable to attend a communion serivce there is no one that can interfere with your private practice.
© 2021 Cheryl E Preston