// Kenneth W. Hagin
HAVE YOU EVER spent time reminiscing about something nice that someone did for you? Did you remind yourself how great it was and how good you felt? That's what we're supposed to do when we partake of Communion. We're to remember the wonderful thing Jesus did for us on the cross—the redemption He purchased for us and the divine healing and limitless provision He made available for us.
Every time we hold Communion elements in our hands we are not only looking back at what Jesus did, but we
are also looking forward to when He will come again. Jesus made it very clear that He was coming again.
JOHN 14:1–3 (NKJV)
1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Almost every time Jesus talked to His disciples about His upcoming death, He reassured them that He would return. While we wait for His glorious appearing, we partake of Communion to proclaim the Lord's death until He comes again.
First Corinthians 11:26 (NIV) says, "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." We are supposed to proclaim Jesus' death until He returns. When we do, we are proclaiming the plan of salvation. It is our responsibility to proclaim it to as many people as possible. Now is the time for us to talk to the world about salvation, because today is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). It's up to each believer to tell people about Jesus.
Communion is a very sacred and special time. It means so much to us—it touches our very core because of what God has done for us. When we partake of it, we thank God for salvation and healing. But is that as far as it's supposed to go? Is Communion supposed to stop with our enjoying its benefits? So many times that's where it ends. But it shouldn't! Jesus commissioned us to go out into the world and proclaim His death to those who are hurting and dying with no hope of eternal life.
In the Great Commission, we have been assigned to proclaim Jesus' death to the entire world.
15 And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Many people read Mark 16:15 and think, "That's the preacher's job." No, it's not! It's our job! Preaching the Gospel is every believer's responsibility. We're all responsible for going into the world and proclaiming the Lord's death until He comes. That doesn't mean you have to leave your job and become a missionary. "All the world" includes your world, not just the global world. Your world consists of your family, friends, neighbors, the people you work with, and your community.
Who can you proclaim the death of the Lord Jesus Christ to? Who can you lead to salvation? Who can you pray for to be healed? Who can you lead from darkness and confusion to peace, tranquility, and joy? Think about where you go on a regular basis. Does anyone there know that you're a Christian? Are you proclaiming the Gospel by conducting yourself in a manner that would make people say, "That's a godly person?" If someone observed you in your daily life, would he or she see Christ?
You have opportunities to proclaim the Lord's death to people in your world. You may be sitting in a restaurant when you notice someone. That's an opportunity. You've been drawn to them because they need something, and your spirit is reaching out to them saying, "I have the Answer. It's Jesus." So start up a conversation with that person. Many times, you'll start out talking about something else, and before you know it, you'll have an opportunity to share the Gospel.
We need to be more concerned about seeing people born again than we are about our own material needs. Thank God that He will provide for us. But we need a vision for the lost such as we've never had before, so that we will be about God's business and proclaim His Son's death until He comes.
I encourage you to believe God for His blessings in your life. But I also encourage you to use your faith to meet people that you can lead into His kingdom. When we partake of Communion, we can remember why Jesus came—to seek and save those who are lost. And as we continue His ministry on the earth, we show that we do remember Him, and we are busy about the Father's business.
Are you going to be about the Father's business? The choice is yours. You can sit back and enjoy the benefits by yourself. Or you can enjoy the benefits while proclaiming the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to others so they, too, can enjoy them. Don't allow anyone to live and die in sin, sickness, or lack while you enjoy the benefits of the Savior. Go into your world and proclaim salvation, healing, deliverance, and prosperity to all who will receive.
As we partake of Communion, let us do so in remembrance of Jesus—in the joy of proclaiming what God has done for all mankind through Jesus. But let us also consecrate ourselves to go out into the field and help harvest a crop of souls by letting the world know Jesus Christ is the Answer for everything they need. It's time to go forth in remembrance of Jesus and proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.
FAITH IN ACTION
Proclaim Jesus as Your Lord and Savior
Before you can proclaim Jesus' death until He comes, you must first proclaim Him as Lord of your life. If you would like to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, pray the following:
God, I come to you in Jesus' Name. I admit that I need you. The Bible says, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Rom. 10:9 NLT). I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus, Your Son, from the dead. And I proclaim that Jesus is my Lord. Therefore, according to your Word, I am saved. I look to You to take care of me now. Thank You for giving me your joy and peace!