I was recently sent a bizarre article that talked about something called “sin eating”. When a loved one died in parts of England, Scotland, or Wales in the 18th and 19th centuries, the family would grieve, place bread on the chest of the deceased, and call for a man to sit in front of the body. The family of the deceased watched on as this man, the local professional sin eater, absorbed the sins of the departed’s soul. Is that crazy or what?
The family who hired the sin eater believed that the bread literally soaked up their loved one’s sins; once it was eaten, all the misdeeds were passed on to the sin eater. Once the process was complete, the sin eater’s soul was heavy with the ill deeds of countless men and women from his village or town. Can you imagine the condemnation this person felt their entire life?
The sin eater paid a high price to help others drift smoothly into the afterlife: the money he would be paid was the equivalent of a few U.S. dollars today. Usually, the only people who would dare do this were the very poor, whose desire for a little bread and drink carried them along.
I couldn’t hep notice how sad it was that people take something from scripture, like bread, and turn it into some evil and weird. This practice was derived from holy communion.
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” – 1 Corinthians 11:26
Communion is a time for us to remember Jesus and what He has accomplished for us in His sacrifice at the cross. He bore those stripes so that we can be healed. On the cross, He took our sins, sicknesses and pains. His blood was shed so that we could be forgiven of every sin. For us, the work was finished at the cross. We are righteous forever!
Jesus made provision for our sins at the cross. You no longer have to live feeling condemned for your sins, no matter what you’ve done. Jesus also made provision for our healing at the cross. We don’t have to accept disease in your body, we can believe Jesus for total healing. Has Jesus already made provision for our lack on the cross? Yes! Then you no longer have to accept lack and can start believing Jesus for His abundance to start flowing in your life.
Take Communion daily and have a fresh revelation of all the good that Jesus has already made provision for through His finished work. Communion is a time to celebrate His finished work!
And, God wants us to remember what Jesus did “often.” His Word says, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” Believers in the early church had the habit of taking Communion together, “breaking bread from house to house”. They were pretty serious about remembering what Jesus did.
So take Communion often as it reminds you of the Lord’s death and remember His finished work. You are getting stronger and healthier each time you partake!