- “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11: 26).
- “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me’” (Luke 22:19).
In fact, we are warned to examine ourselves before we partake of the Holy Communion so that we do not profane the body and blood of Christ, symbolised by the bread and wine ( 1 Corinthians 11:27-28).
- Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14).
- No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments (1 Timothy 5:23).
- Isaiah said, "Make an ointment from figs." So Hezekiah's servants spread the ointment over the boil, and Hezekiah recovered (2 Kings 20:7).
- On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2).
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The primary purpose of observing the Holy Communion is to remember what Christ has done for believers. Man is weak and prone to forget what Christ has done. By appealing to the senses, the broken bread (body of Christ) and the wine (blood of Christ) remind us of Christ’s death through which we obtain forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God.