As Often As You ___________
January 7, 2017 by Dave Wells
“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: 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. 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 ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
I take “As often as you eat,” literally.
Some say that the breaking of bread and partaking of the cup (Communion
) is for the Body of Christ corporately and not for the
individual, citing Acts 2:42
, “And ‘THEY’ continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” they
speaking to the communal aspect of communion. However, if you follow that logic then prayer and doctrinal studies is also (only) a corporate activity.
That can’t be the case.
I’ve also heard it said that if we do it
too often, it becomes a meaningless ritual. Well it is
, but if ‘remembering Jesus’ two or three times a day becomes meaningless
to you, then you have other issues you need to deal with.
Together or alone, Communion is communing with God and the reason me and my house
(together or alone), celebrate Christ’s sacrifice by remembering Him at every meal. It’s not a huge or elaborate affair, nor do we believe it should be. Simply put, we simply remember what Jesus did for us in prayer. That’s all Jesus asked and that’s all we do.
How often should we remember Christ’s grace?
Every time we eat and until He comes again.
Having said that, we have freedom in Christ and it would be legalistic for me to suggest that this is how Communion should be done every time, everywhere. Christians have the liberty to recall Christ’s atoning sacrifice as often as they please. If once a week or month is sufficient for you, who am I to argue.