About Judas taking communion at the last supper.
Mark 14:21 "The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of Him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born."
I don't know what Judas did in that first earth age, or why God allowed him to be selected for this duty of betrayal. It is hard to understand why Judas would be so greedy that he would betray Jesus, his close friend; but he did. We must remember also that after this evil act, Judas repented to the Father for his part in this act of betrayal.
Mark 14:22 "And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, "Take, eat: this is My body."
As we take our daily bread also, it is important that we ask God's blessings on the food we eat. Jesus is setting up the "holy sacrament" here. There can't be any confusion here, for Jesus is telling us that the [unleavened] bread that they are eating is the symbol of His Body that will soon be sacrificed on the cross.
Mark 14:23 "And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it."
All of the disciples drank of the cup that evening. Did Jesus tell you to stop and examine yourselves before you take of the cup, to see if you are worthy to take of the cup and eat of the unleavened bread? Of course not. Did Jesus tell Judas that you cannot partake of the cup, because you are going to betray me? Of course not. "...And they all drank of it."
John's Note: Yet every Christian church house, where I've ever taken communion has given me the impression that if I took the cup unworthily, as they define it saying I must be worthy, I would be in big trouble with the Lord.
Jesus gave His cup to all of the disciples, even Judas, and He expects all that believe on His name to take of the cup, and it has nothing to do with whether you are worthy or not, for you are not worthy. You take the cup because Jesus Christ is Worthy, Jesus Christ is the one that paid the price on the cross and He is the One that is worthy of honor and praise for you to take the cup. The Lord created you, and when you fell in the first earth age, He made a way in the second earth age to draw you back to Him. In that plan he had to come in the flesh just like you and I, and all humans, then after living the perfect life, and going through what we go through, He became the perfect sacrifice for your and my soul. He did what we could not do for ourselves, and that is why Jesus Christ is WORTHY.
Revelation 4:11 "Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all thing, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created."
You and I will never be worthy to take the cup of the wrath that Jesus took, for He is the only perfect sacrifice that could shed His blood for the sins of others. If you think that Christ is worthy, than you reach out and take the cup of the fruit of the vine that represents the blood of Christ. If you think that Jesus Christ lived that perfect life in the flesh, and that He was the Son of God, and gave His body on the cross for you, than you reach out and take that broken piece of unleavened bread that represents His body. Yes my friend, the only thing that matters whether you take the holy sacrament is whether you believe that Christ was worthy.
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After the way that Christ was treated when He walked this earth, and He loved you so much that He gladly went to the cross, can there be any question at all that Christ is worthy? I don't think so! If you are waiting until you are perfect before you take communion, you will never take it, for you will never be perfect. If someone casts you aside and prevents you from taking the communion, they are far worse off than you for not taking it, for the sin that they commit is refusing you the body of Christ. He is refusing you the living Word of God, and no man has the right to refuse another man to take the cup of communion. We all fall short, and it is a disgrace that the religious community will set their traditional standards, all in the name of God, to control who will take communion. God will judge them harshly for their actions.
Mark 14:24 "And He said unto them, This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many."
Jesus was standing before his disciples and holding the cup before him, then He said of the cup, "This is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many." Christ's blood is shed for every person that believes on Him and will partake of the cup. It is shed for all that will have faith to repent in Jesus name, and believe on Jesus Christ. His blood had not been shed yet, so what had taken place here was symbolic, representing something that we as Christians are to do and keep on doing until His return. Every time we take it we drink the cup, and eat the bread it is in remembrance of Him. The blood was only shed once and for all time, but the symbolic act is to be done every time the occasion presents itself. In many churches it is monthly, however others do it every time they meet. Others take the cup twice a year, but what is important, is that this symbolic act of Christ death on the cross is taken.
Mark 14:25 "Verily I say unto you, `I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.' "
There is a time coming very shortly when people will stop taking this cup of communion, because in their ignorance they will believe Satan, when he stands in the temple claiming he is Christ, to be the true Christ. We discussed this in the last chapter, in Mark 13:14 where Jesus said "But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:" Jesus was quoting from Daniel 9:27 and making it part of the New Testament.
Daniel 9:27 "And He [Satan] shall confirm the covenant with many of one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."
Jesus was not speaking of a condition [desolation] here, but a person [the desolator]. That person, the desolator who is Satan in his role as the Antichrist [instead of Christ] will make the entire earth desolate from hearing the Word of God. The "sacrifices and oblation" in the New Testament is what we call the "communion", it is taken by us in remembrance of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. The reason that this "sacrifice and oblation" stops being taken is that many Christians will believe that Satan is Christ and that He will be with them then.
The reason that the cup will be cut off in the middle of the week, which is the midst of that tribulation period, is that Christians will be taking their communion to the false messiah, and not to Jesus Christ. Only God's elect and those sealed in their minds with the truth will be taking communion to the true Christ, for we know that we will not see Christ while still in our flesh bodies. We will not see Christ until after the seventh trump, and the time when every flesh and blood man is changed into his incorruptible spiritual bodies. We will take communion again with Him when we are with Him in His Millennium kingdom.
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