Those who oppose the?Passover?insist that only if people have the Holy Supper at any day, they can participate in Jesus’ flesh and blood. However, this is a wrong insistence that goes against the truth of life Jesus established.
Jesus Christ distinguished between food that spoils and food that endures to eternal life, even though He Himself gave thanks.
- John 6:27 “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”?
What is food that spoils, and what is food that endures to eternal life?
At the front part of the Gospel of John chapter 6, a famous miracle is recorded: Jesus fed five thousand people with five barley loaves and two fish.
- John 6:11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish
When it comes to holiness, the bread which Jesus Himself gave thanks for is more holy than any other bread which a pastor or a priest gives thanks for. However, Jesus said that the bread, which He Himself gave thanks for and distributed to five thousand people, was food that would spoil. If then, what is food that endures to eternal life?
- John 6:48-55 “I am the bread of life . . . I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” . . . Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.”?
Jesus’ flesh and blood is food for eternal life.?The bread and wine which contains Jesus’ promise, “This is my flesh, and this is my blood,” is only the bread and wine of the?Passover?which is celebrated in the evening on the fourteenth day of the first month by the sacred calendar.
- Matthew 26:19-28 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover . . . While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
If Jesus said, “This bread is My body,” whenever He broke bread, the Holy Communion performed at any time would also become the bread of life. However, although Jesus performed the miracle with five barley loaves and two fish and broke bread with His disciples many times, He did not say, “This bread is my body,” but say, “This is food that spoils.”
In conclusion, however many times people break bread at any other day than the?Passover, the bread is nothing but food that spoils. Only the?Passover?supper which is celebrated in the evening after sundown on the fourteenth day of the first month by the sacred calendar is the bread of life that endures to eternal life.
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