Lord's Supper, Foot Washing, Communion.

 

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Lord's Supper, Foot Washing, Communion.

The declaration is: Lord's Supper, feet washing of the saints, and communion (breaking of bread) are 3 separate rituals. Explanation: Lord's Supper, washing feet of saints, and communion (breaking of bread) are 3 different functions. God started the Passover feast. God told Moses and Aaron that the congregation of Israel should kill the lamb without blemish, strike the blood on house posts, and eat the flesh roasted with fire. "Exodus 12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel,.. take to them every man a lamb, ... 4 ... every man according to his eating ... 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year .. 6 .. Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it." The Lamb without blemish was Jesus Christ. Being a Jew, Jesus Christ has kept and ate the Passover, with much desire, fully knowing that he was the Passover Lamb. "Luke 22:14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God." The passover was a feast of the Old Testament. Jesus Christ has joined another ordinance called 'communion' or 'breaking of bread' right behind the feast. Passover comes once a year, but communion comes often. So, the feast before the communion is called the "Lord's supper", but not as passover and it is like a pot luck or a community dinner. 'Communion' or 'breaking of bread' is not 'Lord's supper', but it follows 'Lord's supper'. But, churches will not follow that order. Churches give a convenient version of communion. They do not follow the word of God in most of the things, even in communion. Please follow the events according to scriptures. "John 13:1 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,... 2 And supper being ended,... 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself." So, it was the last passover feast for Jesus, supper ended in verse 2, and Jesus begins to wash the feet of his disciples in verse 4. Then Jesus tells that Judas will betray him and so on. "John 13:18 ... but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me... 21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me... 27 And after the sop Satan entered into him." After the Lord's supper (in this case it was the passover feast) Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, then announced about the betrayal of Judas, and then is the event of 'breaking of bread' (communion). In the passover feast, the main food items were meat, bitter herbs, and bread. But communion was not eating food, but it was ceremonial and symbolical, just a broken piece of bread and a sip of wine, and that is all. But it followed the Lord's supper. Everybody shall wait for the Lord's supper, eat together and then follow up with the symbolic ceremony or ordinance of communion (breaking of bread). Please notice that apostle Paul rebukes Corinthians for not waiting to eat the supper together. "1 Corinthians 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. 21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not?" It was their food or supper. Communion is just a piece of bread and a sip of wine. 'Communion' should follow the Lord's supper. It is the order in the word of God. Lord's supper itself is not the breaking of bread or communion ordinance. The Lord's supper is their big meal, the main food of that day. They eat food before communion.

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