Elder Florence M. Johnson
Holy Communion: Learn to Discern!
As a child, the ritual of Holy Communion was a mystery to me. I liked the juice and wafer but had no idea what it meant. Later, I decided Holy Communion was just one of those things people did in church, like shouting “Amen!” or bowing your head, but still had no understanding of why.
In I Corinthians 11:17-30 the Apostle Paul explains three components to taking Communion: first, to remember that Jesus Christ died on the cross; His body broken and His blood shed as the ultimate sacrifice for us. Second, to proclaim, openly declare, that sacrifice. Third, we examine ourselves to make sure we are taking Communion in a worthy manner. How? By discerning the Lord’s Body.
The word discern means to think about something with high esteem and fully understand it. When we discern the Lord’s body, we realize the power of Jesus Christ on the inside of us; power to save us, deliver us, heal us, protect us, preserve us and, make us whole. No wonder we’re supposed to discern the Lord’s body! Just as food and drink give us sustenance and strength, taking Holy Communion reminds us that God sustains us! We can successfully overcome fear, worry, addictions and other adversity by fully believing in God’s power to change our lives.
Don’t take Communion out of habit or because it’s a tradition. Discern it! Remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, proclaim it boldly and, remember the power that every believer has access to: the awesome, never-ending power of God!
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