The Time of Holy Communion – Apostle Joseph Ziba
THE TIME OF HOLY COMMUNION
With Apostle Joseph Ziba
For I have received of the lord that which 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 break it, and said, take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me_(1 Corinthians 11:23-24).
In the Scripture above Apostle Paul wrote about the Holy Communion not from the account of what he saw when Jesus was on the face of the earth since he wasn’t a disciple by then. He wrote based on the direct revelation from the Holy Spirit to him. The verses also bring to light the concept of time—when exactly the Holy Communion was taken—and that’s where we want to dwell on. I want us to see the best time when we need to take the Holy Communion.
Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end_(John 13:1).
The word “knew” in the Greek rendering is “aido” and it means “to be aware” or “to perceive”. Hence, when God the Father brought a spiritual awareness to Jesus that it was time for Him [Jesus] to be crucified and die for the world, He immediately took the bread and the cup (the Holy Communion) and gave to His disciples to eat and drink respectively. The Bible records that He did that during the Passover. (See Matthew 26:17-20; Luke 22:15-20).
So we see that the Father devised for Jesus to give Himself and connect with mankind during the Passover Feast and not any other time. Why did God do that? He wants us to know the significance of the Passover itself. He needs us to understand that the lamb that was slain in Exodus was a symbol of Jesus Christ who’s the real Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7).
Therefore, through taking the Holy Communion He wants us to be refreshed and appreciate what the blood is going to do to us as its effects will be the same as what happened in the Book of Exodus during the Passover.
What is so special about the Passover and what does it signify?
Firstly, Passover speaks of an exemption. Passover in the Old Testament was not necessarily a celebration but a special time when the children of Israel were spared from the killing of the first born by the angel of death upon its sight of the mark of the blood of the lamb on their door posts. The Passover is that time when man desires to be exempted and that’s the moment when they need the Holy Communion like Jesus did. It’s high time you took the Holy Communion when you feel like there’s no difference between you who is righteous and the wicked; the moment when you are suffering and going down together with the world. If you take the Holy Communion during Passover you refresh your memory of your exemption. You actually activate the power of distinction or separation from commonality that was there during the Passover. (Exodus 11:6-7).
Secondly, Passover was declared to be the beginning of months. Therefore, when you take Holy Communion during the Passover you declare the time of your beginning– the new chapter of your life. God wipes away your history (of persistence failure, sicknesses and diseases, disappointments, stagnation et cetera) and gives you a new, glorious, supernatural, victorious and triumphant life. The Holy Communion announces that the old is gone and the new has come. (Exodus 12:2)
Thirdly, Passover is a time when we know that we are marked for something good. Such a mark is the symbol of our exemption. Therefore, when you take the Holy Communion you are reminded of the seal of distinction that’s on your life. Bearing this in mind, when you apply for a tender or a job be conscious that your application is marked for something good.
Fourthly, Passover speaks of effortless victories. The Bible records that the Israelites were instructed to eat bread without yeast during the Passover (Exodus 12:15). Yeast is a symbol of human effort or flesh. Thus, as you take the Holy Communion you agree with God that it’s no longer about your effort but His working. Therefore, if you are doing business, school, career or ministry; after taking the Holy Communion you should expect effortless victories in those areas.
Finally, Passover also entails an irrevocable end to affliction, pain, torture and misery. God instructed the Israelites to eat the Passover with haste and in much readiness for the departure (Exodus 12:11). They were in a state in which God wanted to rescue them no matter what. In the same vein, as you take the Holy Communion, take it with the readiness of mind and with higher expectation since God is more than ready to change your situation.
Apostle Joseph Ziba is the President and Founder of Fountain of Victory Church International and Fountain of Victory International Ministries. He is a renowned teacher of God’s Word with the backing of the Holy Spirit.
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