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Is the Memorial an Invitation for All? Dieser Artikel ist besonders für Zeugen Jehovas interessant

Foto von Matzen und WeinAugust 10, 2017

What happened on Nisan 14. 33 A.D., changed the world:
Jesus Christ (Yahusha) along with His Apostles celebrated a communion.

To understand precisely what occurred on Nisan 14, can change our world and our perspective of this world.

Let us look at what exactly occurred on that night and what it specifically means for you and me….

 

The Four Gospels reveal the following:

  Passover
  Washing of Feet
  First Communion with Bread and Wine
  Discussion About the Traitor
  Discussion on Who is the Greatest
  Covenant for a Kingdom
  Instruction
  Prediction of Peter's Denial
  Yahusha Prays for His Followers
  Chants

 

The course of events on that night appeared mostly clearly when Luke, although not a participant, was investigating everything as an eyewitness. (Luke 1:1-4)

Most Notably:
The first part of the covenant is clearly separated from the second part due to the events, "Discussion about the traitor" and "Discussion of who is the greatest" taking place in between.

Part One:

"He also took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given to you. Do this in remembrance of me." Next, He then took the cup, after they had eaten, saying, "This cup, signifies the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." (Luke 22:19, 20)

 

Part Two:

"But you who have been with me in my trials, and I will make a covenant with you, as my father made a covenant with me, for a kingdom, that ye may eat and eat at my table in My kingdom Drink and sit upon thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel." (Luke 22:28-30)

 

It is interesting to note that Part One is a parallel report of Matthews account:

"Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; this is My blood of the covenant that will be poured out for ALL THE PEOPLE for the forgiveness of their sins. God now secures this covenant for the PEOPLE." (Matthew 26:27, 28)

 

The Watchtower explains on this subject:

"The Apostle John wrote of the significance of the ransom of Christ: "[Jesus Christ] is an atonement for our sins, but not only for our own, but also for the whole world" (1 John 2:2). It is therefore FOR ALL HUMANITY."
(Watchtower March 1, 2008 Pages 4-7; highlights are ours)


If Christ's body and blood serves
as a ransom for ALL HUMANITY,
should not ALL HUMAN BEINGS
take from these symbols
representing His body and blood as a ransom?

This would only be logical!

Will all humans be reigning in heaven in the future?

No, that would be nonsense, for whom then will they be reigning if everyone is in heaven and nobody on earth? should they reign when all are in heaven, and there is no man on earth? Besides, Jehovah created the earth "to be inhabited".

Could it be that on that night Yahusha did not use ONE Covenant in two parts, but TWO different Covenants for TWO different groups?

Let's take a look. What are the differences?

 

Differences Between the Two Covenants
from Nisan 14, 33 A.D.

Name:

Symbol Brot und WeinNew Covenant,
Via the ransom

Symbol Brot und WeinKingdom Covenant

Symbols:

Bread and wine

Not conveyed

Alliance Partners:

YHWH God and all people
(Matt 26:28, Mark 12:24)

Jesus, His apostles and the remaining kings and priests

Covenant involves:

Forgiveness of sins, justification and eternal life

Governmental reigning as kings and priests

Destination:

Earth/material realm

Heaven/spiritual realm

Obligations:

Faithfulness of Jesus until death, Faith in Jesus

Faithfulness of His apostles and other saints until death

 

 

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the first covenant, the ransom, is ONLY for the 144,000 spirit anointed. All other people are only observers, secondary beneficiaries.

Apart from the fact that the apostles were not spiritually anointed, when they ate the Lord's Supper with Jesus, there are three important reasons which speak against it.

 

The first reason: Romans chapter 8

The 8th chapter of the Epistle to the Romans is often stated as an explanation of how a "Spirit-anointed" knows that he is spiritually anointed.

However, if one reads the chapter in context, it is understood that this is not about the contrast between future life on earth and future life in heaven, but about conflicting inner attitudes of mind in the presence.

As an example, let us consider Romans 8:5 from various translations:

Bibel Neue-Welt-Übersetzung"For those who live according to the flesh, set their minds on the things of the flesh. But those who live according to the spirit, on the things of the spirit."
(New World Translation
)

 

Bibel Einheitsübersetzung"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit."
(KJV)

 

Neues Leben Bibel"Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit."
(NLT)

 

Hoffnung für alle Bibel"Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires."
(NIV)

 

"Flesh" is referred to as a symbol of thoughtless, egoistic satisfaction of natural needs, including greed, competition, hatred and greed for power.
It is plain that this is an attitude YHWH does not take pleasure in.

What is with those who are guided by Gods Spirit?

Männchen jubelt"14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness[n] with our spirit that we are children of God."
(Romans 8:14-16, Hope for All)

The Jehovah's Witness is now probably thinking on the one hand: "I allow myself to be guided by God's spirit day by day ... therefore, I am also a child of God!"

On the other hand, verse 17 draws him back to the familiar ground of the Watchtower teachings:

"But as His children, together with Christ, we are His heirs, and if we now suffer with Christ, we shall share His glory with Him."

ratloses GesichtThe witness thinks, "I am supposed to be an heir with Christ, and share His glory with Him? All this does not apply to me, for I do not feel a heavenly calling. "
Hmm, now what?

 

The special case

We must not forget that Paul, who wrote this, was an alliance partner of BOTH covenants, as well as the Apostles were. Yahusha's ransom sacrifice (liberation from sin and death) AND the Kingdom Covenant (governmental treaty) applied to Paul, and so he conveyed both the covenants or "rewards" in one breath:

 

To become children of God through belief
Symbol Brot und Wein in Yahusha and the forgiveness of our sins
(First Covenant)

   

Symbol Brot und WeinTo reign with Yahusha in Heaven
(Second Covenant)

 

But this is not the case with every Christian.

Most Christians are alliance partners only in the First Covenant. Yahusha generously invites them to take from His "blood" and His "body", receive forgiveness of their sins and become children of God.

From this point of view, Paul, the apostles, and all the others who feel a heavenly calling in themselves, are an exception, a special case.

But is this a valid reason to take this first covenant away from the overwhelming majority of Christians by throwing everyone together in a pot containing both covenants, melting them together and then conclude that only those were allowed to actively partake of the Lord's Supper (1st Covenant) who, as well, sense a heavenly calling (2nd Covenant)?

Are God's children not denied their rightful place at the table? Is this communion table of Yahusha, figuratively speaking, not reaching out even into the present, to every individual who is guided by God's Spirit?

It may be illustrated like this:

Animation veranschaulicht die beiden Bünde des Abendmahls

The second reason: Our inheritance

Are we, in fact, heirs?

"Happy are the mild-tempered, because they
will inherit the earth"
,

Yahushua said this Himself in Matthew 5:5.

"9 For the wicked shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
11 But the meek shall inherit the land,
and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
and live in it forever",

Promised in Psalm 37:9, 11, 29.

" ‚For there shall be a sowing of peace; the vine shall yield its fruit, the ground shall give its produce, and the skies shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things",

Prophesied in Zechariah chapter 8:12.

All of this sounds like an earthly inheritance, right?


The third important reason:
the Satanists

There is a group of believers who, at their Lord's Supper, are keen to reject bread and wine, the symbols of Yahusha's faithfulness and triumph over temptation and sin. Yes, you read correctly: reject! They allow the symbols to circulate without taking them, and so deliberately show their contempt towards "Jesus" (Je-sus, "sus" = Latin pig, sow, boar, so we prefer the original form Yahusha).

They are devotees of Satan. The Satanists celebrate an "anti-supper," in which the symbols of bread and wine are passed around and out of demonstration do not partake thereby expressing their rejection against the Christ.

After all of Satan's attacks, bribes, and temptations against Yahusha have failed and although He has ended His mission in perfect faithfulness, Satan still tries to keep people away from Yahusha's liberating ransom.

Gedaechtnismahl: Die meisten Zeugen Jehovahs nehmen nicht von Brot und Wein.Can this really be a subtle trick of Satan?

Well ... at least he would have the joy if he managed to deceive the innocent herd of sheep, to literally snatch the ransom right from their noses!

 

 

The purpose of the Lord's Supper

Why do we celebrate the memorial feast at all?
Paul replies:

"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes." (1 Corinthians 11:26)

This implies that it is a portion of our preaching work to "eat this bread and drink this cup...", as our Lord Yahusha commanded us to do. There was no mention of "passing up these emblems" or "respectfully observing" (this idea would probably have seemed absurd to the first Christians ...).

"To eat this bread and drink this cup" is thus a symbolic act, according to the words of Paul, through which we publicly confess to our Redeemer and Savior Yahusha Ha-Mashiach, who died for us.

Of course, we proclaim "the death of the Lord" and his resurrection also through our preaching work. But the one does not counteract or replace the other.

How was this practiced in the history of Jehovah's Witnesses?

"Proclaim, proclaim, proclaim the king and his kingdom" was the urgent call at the 1922 Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio. It was this claim that was focused on and greatly promoted.

However, twelve years later, in 1934, the active participation of the Lord's Supper for all Christians was abolished and they taught that it was now only reserved for Christians who have a heavenly hope. Since then, the faithful ones having the earthly hope, are only allowed to "observe" and no longer participate actively, and thereby no longer proclaim the death of the Lord.

 

What does Yahusha our King expect from us?

"7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love." (John 15:7, 10)

Yahusha's expectation of us all:
Stay in communion with me, by keeping my words and keeping my commandments. His words and his commandment were simple and clear:

Einladung von Jesus: Nehmt und esst, das ist mein Leib!

While they were eating, Yahusha took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, ALL of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for MANY for forgiveness of sins." (Matthew 26:26-28)

God is "the Savior of ALL men, especially of believers." (1 Timothy 4:10)

Isn´t it, then, a serious thing to deny the rightful participation of the Lord's Supper to the greater part of this united herd? (John 10:11, 16)

Let us read the answer of the Bible:

"So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, UNLESS you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have NO life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. [...] He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.’ ." (John 6:53-57, NASB)

 

Will YOU faithfully declare the death of the Lord
until He returns?

Nisan 14 (beginning of the Jewish Passover) fell this year to the 11th April 2017 after sunset.

Missed the date?

Yahusha said,"…keep doing this in remembrance of Me." To our understanding, He does not forbid us to do so prayerfully on other days.

On the contrary, He rejoices when we confess to Him.



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