Communion

Matthew 26:17-30
17On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’ ” 19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21And while they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
22They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?”
23Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
25Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “Yes, it is you.”
26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

As I’ve already mentioned, last night I went to a Good Friday service over at Grace Baptist Church. One of the highlights of the evening was communion. This really got me thinking. I know I sometimes joke around that we have a heavenly trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and we have an earthly trinity of Command, Example, and Expedience. Classical Church of Christ doctrine says that everything we do in a church service must be derived from the Bible either through direct command, apostolic example, or necessary inference. There is well meaning behind that, but often gets misused like the “weaker brother” argument.

As you can see from the scripture above, Jesus was the first one to institute The Lord’s Supper a.k.a. Communion a.k.a. The Eucharist. I guess technically, by our system, he did it on a Thursday evening; though it was a Friday by the Jewish system. In the Churches of Christ we take communion every week to celebrate his resurrection. We use 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, Acts 2:42, and Acts 20:7 as to why we take communion weekly, i.e. we have command and example. It would also seem that the Gospel accounts for Jesus instituting The Lord’s Supper would call or allow us to offer communion on Good Friday (or Maundy Thursday). I’ve never even heard of a Church of Christ offering any kind of special service. (I am aware some people hate the use of the word special to designate a worship service because every service should be special.) When I asked a few other people, there response was we have no specific example of the first century church practicing this. My thought/response was “Who is our example, the first century church or Jesus?” I think we are missing out on a great opportunity to make an eternal positive difference in the lives of all who come our way. What do y’all think?

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