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I. INTRODUCTION -- THE FIRST COMMUNION
I shall never the first time that I was able to take communion. For years, I had sat back and took far too much heart and thought into those who took on communion “unworthily.” The first time that I took communion was the Thursday of the preceding Easter Sunday of 1990.
I was at Texas Bible College and the custom then was to take communion prior to Easter Sunday. Honestly, I was nervous about it but we had spent the time leading up to the service in fasting and prayer. I am almost certain that Brother J. R. Ensey preached a message to us on “Loving Much” which was about the alabaster box of ointment that was broken in an act of worship.
After he preached there was a time of prayer and consecration around the altars and then we returned to our seats. I can remember the passing of the broken piece of cracker and the grape juice that accompanied it. Then Brother Ensey began to read the passage from 1 Corinthians 11 and then he went to Isaiah 53 and read that. Needless to say, the whole entire service still means something to me.
There were other times that I have taken Communion that really spoke greatly to me. There was a time on Sunday morning at Life Tabernacle in Houston that the Lord moved tremendously in my heart. I also took Communion one year at Because of the Times and felt the power of the Lord in the whole act of worship.
That is what I hope happens here every time that we take Communion. It is my desire for it to be a time of commitment, anointing, and spiritual refreshment for you and for this church.
II. 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23
A. The Passage of Scripture
-This very Scripture marks a passage in time. It is important to understand that when Paul wrote these words that he was under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. I am certain that the higher voice of the Spirit was beckoning Paul to illustrate a principle to a New Testament Church.
-The Principle: Communion with God is a very weighty issue and invariably where there is communion there will also be betrayal.
-Paul could have written to us, “in the same night in which he. . .”
• Washed the feet of His disciples.
• Spent the Passover meal with those closest to Him.
• He prayed in the Garden.
• He gave the Disciples a lasting message.
• He simply was present with His disciples.
-If Paul would have written that Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, we could see the aspect of moral and spiritual cleansing.
-If Paul would have written that Jesus prayed the great prayer of John 17, we could see the Lord’s desire for unity and holiness in the Church.
-If Paul would have written that Jesus wrestled in the Garden, we would have seen the weight of redemption played out in tandem with the process of Communion.
-These events would have seemingly marked Communion with a greater glory.
-But now Paul writes:
1 Corinthians 11:23 KJV  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:
-He is not marking a point in history but rather he is setting a precedent for those who were at Corinth and those many that have followed
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