You are eating and drinking in an unworthy manner if you do not know the reason for the bread and wine. I did not know the meaning of Communion back then, and there was a punishment for taking Communion unworthily.
Some people partake in the Lord’s Supper (Communion) simply because it is available, and everyone else participates in it. And no one tells us there is a right and wrong way to do it. There are probably more people like me who do not know the meaning of Communion.
I had no idea what the Lord’s supper (Communion) was all about, but I took it every time it was in the place of worship. I remember a pastor saying something about participating in Communion in an unworthy manner, but I had no idea what he was saying.
Before you partake in the Lord’s Supper, you should know that the bread represents Jesus’s body and the wine means his blood. The bread and wine will not make us holy when we eat them; they represent the body of Christ and the blood He shed in His death. We must focus on Jesus’ sacrifice, or we eat and drink “damnation.”
The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthians explaining the consequences of partaking in the Lord’s Supper when you do not understand what the meal represents. Today, if you do not know what the bread (cracker) and (wine) grape juice represents, you can refuse to participate without any consequences.
1 Corinthians 11: 23-34 NIV – For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24. 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.”25. In the same way, he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27. So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28. Everyone ought to examine themselves before eating the bread and drinking from the cup. 29. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.
30. That is why many of you are weak and sick, and many of you have fallen asleep. 31. But if we were more discerning about ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32. Nevertheless, when we are judged this way by the Lord, we are disciplined so that God will not destroy us with the world.
33. So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 34 Anyone hungry should eat something at home so that meeting together may not result in judgment. And when I come, I will give further directions.
Some leaders of religious worship services do not fully explain to the members and visitors the real purpose of the Lord’s Supper. Leaders should be presented to members and visitors that this is not just something Christians do monthly; there is a purpose and reason for doing this.
When I was younger, I participated in the Lord’s Supper; without knowing the purpose and reason for doing it, the servers passed the crackers and grape juice around to everyone. The Pastor took his cracker(bread) and ate it and said for us to do the same, and we did; then he took the grape juice and drank it and said for us to do the same, and we did.
I recall the Pastor saying something about Communion before we partook in it, but I did not know what he was talking about, and no one tried to explain it to me. I was not a believer and did not know anything about God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and the Lord’s Supper.
At that time, I thought I was doing the right thing, but now I know I made a big mistake and probably suffered. But I probably thought the suffering had nothing to do with me participating in the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner.
by: Ron S.