Greetings in the name of Jesus the matchless One!
We have covered so far three portals in our series ‘Portal Time Traveller’– namely:
Thanksgiving and Praise; Jesus the Door – Opener; Forever You
We now deal with the fourth – ‘Bread 0f Life’
A Portal is a doorway or entrance point – a spherical opening of light thoroughly safeguarded where angels and heavenly beings come and go without demonic interference. God designed portals to begin in the third heaven, continue in the second heaven, and open up on the earth.
God provided manna when the Israelites needed food. He opened an untampered portal in heaven and manna came through it. None were weak or sick because they ate angel’s food prepared in heaven.
Jesus said of himself- “This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” John 6:58
God has been waiting to release supernatural miracles, divine healings and deliverances through Communion. We could come into the service in one condition and leave changed!
But sadly we have often reduced Communion to a religious tradition or ritual squeezed into church service schedule.
We distribute the elements (wafer and juice), quickly read a relevant scripture, pray, consume the elements and then move on to the next part of the service.
On the road to Emmaus (Luke 24), after Jesus rose from the dead two disciples walked with Him but did not recognize Him. He explained to them the prophecies of the Old Testament fulfilled in His death and resurrection. When they arrived at Emmaus that evening, the two disciples stopped to eat, and asked Jesus to join them. He did, and as He broke the bread and blessed the meal, “their eyes were opened,” they recognized Him and He vanished. Two powerful harmonious occurrences – the breaking of the Word and the breaking of bread. It would be good to ruminate on the two incidences that ushered the manifest presence of the Lord.
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked?” they said to each other. Their physical eyes were blinded to the identity of Jesus, but their eyes of faith were opened as Jesus opened the Scriptures to them. (People have revelatory experiences, opening of portals, through reciting and meditating on scriptures).
At the table, He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were then opened, and they recognized him. They quickly returned at once to Jerusalem, found the Eleven and those with them, proclaiming that the Lord had risen.
Luke 24 could be seen as a model of Life’s journey with Jesus with many of us in our daily walk with Him as our resurrected Lord and Saviour. He opens our eyes, to reveal His manifest presence at the breaking of bread and breaking of the Word which often comes simultaneously.
“Whoever eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:54
“…without Me you can do nothing…” John 15:5-6
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 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.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Those that are born again are connected to the very life – source God Himself.
Communion is not only a reminder that we have been washed by the blood of the Lamb but also that we are receiving God’s abundant life not from this world which sustains our spirit man, making it possible to do what Christ did and the greater works.
When Christ lives in you, He comes with a portal. To access it you need revelation. It begins with awareness, then activation power, and glory.
While partaking of the elements and reflecting on relevant scriptures and episodes of His death, burial, resurrection, by revelation, the whole scene could be re-enacted going back in time through the ‘Bread 0f Life’ – portal where Jesus, makes His presence recognizable – debarring it from becoming a religious tradition or ritual.
At the time of partaking of the elements we need to pray for revelation that the Lord would help us to be conscious of how His body was broken to bring us healing, health and wholeness, His blood shed to forgive our sins, to experience His love for His people, a release of the inheritance of the righteous that includes preservation, provision, healing, health and wholeness. We can come boldly into His presence and thank Him for His sin, disease, poverty-free life, in His Precious Blood.
Not only at church services but individuals at home should as a daily practice have Communion.
What a wonderful thing to have the abiding presence of the Lord through the portal of the Bread of Life connected with the breaking of bread and the Word!
Much love in Jesus, the King of Glory!