They slander our truth insisting, “Since Apostle Paul said, ‘whenever you drink it (1Cor. 11:23-26), we can keep the Passover at any time.” Is this considered biblical?
- 1 Cor. 11:23~26?For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Although they insist on quoting, “Whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1Cor. 11:23-26), can the expression, “at any time” be found in the text?
For example, when someone says, “whenever you eat cake with the amount of candles that match my age, it is in remembrance of my birth,” does it make it their birthday? No! Or if they decide to celebrate their birthday every week with a cake and candles, does it mean you become 52 years old at the end of 1 year? No!
When we look through 1 Cor. Chapter 11, it is written, “The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” The night when Jesus was arrested was the Passover night.
- Lk 22:7~54 “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer… While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”… Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest..
Therefore, the bible does not speak about eating bread and drinking wine at any time, but about whenever you are eating and drinking the bread and wine of the Passover, it should be done in remembrance of Christ. When churches remember the Resurrection of Christ, they only do it once a year in the spring time since the Resurrection happened only once, it is celebrated only once a year. Is the Passover any different? In addition, since Apostle Paul said, “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival” (1 Cor. 5:7), it clearly means “whenever we eat and drink the bread and wine of the Passover.” Let’s take a look at their false arguments in more detail.
1.The night when Jesus was betrayed was the Passover night.
In 1 Cor. 11, it is written, “The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” The night when Jesus was arrested was the Passover night.
According to the book of Luke, Jesus asked Peter and John to prepare the Passover and established the new covenant by having dinner with the bread and wine together (Luke 22:7-20). On that same night, he was arrested while praying on the Mount of Olives. (Lk. 22:39-43, 47-54)
In summary, since Jesus established the new covenant with the bread and wine on the Passover (the night He was betrayed), we should not only remember Jesus who shed His blood for us, but remember His great sacrifice whenever we eat and drink the Passover bread and wine. It is clear that Jesus asked His disciples to keep the Passover, and whenever they kept the Passover each year, they celebrated His sacrifice for us.
2.In a book published by “a protestant sect”, it is written that “Jesus commanded us to keep the Passover every year.”
“In the last supper with His 12 disciples, He commanded His disciples and early religious communities to keep this Passover until He meets them again in the kingdom of Heaven. Through Jesus, this Passover is remembered as a greater salvation event than the Exodus in the Old Testament.” Those who were in power (Council of Nicaea) changed the Passover to communion and has now developed into today’s various forms.
3.The bread, to be eaten at any time, is the food that spoils.
Just because someone says the communion is the flesh and the blood of Jesus, it does not become the flesh and blood of Jesus. Even though Jesus broke bread many times in the past, He only said the bread and wine of the Passover is “my flesh and my blood.” When He showed some miraculous signs by feeding about five thousand people with five small barley loaves and two small fish, He called it, “the food that spoils” (Jn. 6:10-27) despite His giving thanks. Any other time, it was just a regular meal and did not contain the promise of eternal life. However, with regards to the Passover, Jesus asked His disciples to “Prepare the Passover” and said, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Lk. 22:14-15). Any time we eat the bread and drink the wine, other than on the actual date of the Passover (14th day of the 1st month by sacred calendar), Jesus considers it the food that spoils.
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