The sacrament of the Holy Communion was celebrated in “Philadelphia” church in Izhevsk on Sunday, March 12. Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov offered the congregation to think about true meaning and goal of this commandment, left to us by Jesus. The Apostle Paul defined the essence of the Communion as follows: “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26). Therefore, the Communion is something that we do in between two most important events – Crucifixion and second coming of Jesus Christ, that is why we need to try to think deeper about its meaning. 

The period right before the Communion done by Jesus and His disciples, is described in the Gospels as filled with lessons that can open the essence of the Communion wider. When Jesus and His disciples were heading to Jerusalem and wanted to stop at a Samartian village, the Samaritans did not welcome them. The disciples suggested they should call fire down from heaven to destroy those audacious people (Luke 9:51-56 KJV). Jesus told them: “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of man came not to destroy men’s lives but to save them”. 

Believers today should really think about this question: “Which manner of spirit am I of?” We are not talking about being possessed or influenced by evil spirits, but about the state of heart – what am I bringing to the people around?  Partaking of the Communion one agrees and wants to be the person of the spirit of Christ – the spirit of peace, salvation, reconciliation, sacrifice, forgiveness, dignified fatherhood and motherhood , dignified citizenship of the earthly homeland. Jesus died so that we could become the bearers of His spirit, and the Communion is called to remind us about that and to give us internal strength to wait for the Second Coming of the Lord to this earth with dignity and to bring God's salvation to this world.

Dilyara Porseva

 

 



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