In my last post, we have established that the Holy Communion is the Passover under the New Covenant. But how often should we partake of it? Must we really do it once a year or are we allowed to take it more frequently?
Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in?
(1 Corinthians 11:20-22)
Paul was admonishing the Corinthians for treating the Holy Communion like a common meal, eating and drinking with no regards to the significance behind it.
Notice this happens whenever they “come together in one place”.
Based on what we know from Acts 20:7, it is a common practice for believers in those days to congregate on the “first day of the week” (Sunday) to break bread, it shows the Holy Communion was definitely taken at least once a week on Sunday.
Then there is the record of Paul’s vision (also possible Jesus recounted it to Paul in person) of the Last Supper which gives us more details of what Jesus had said.
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
(1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the meaning of the word often “many times on different occasions”.
Need I say more?
*PS: The man who stopped me outside the MRT station was adamant that Jesus did not say “as often as” and challenged me to check other translations.
I did. All of them include the words “as often as”.*