Bible Teachings – X

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A very special day draws close..

On March 23 – 2016, tens of millions around the world will gather to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and to hear a free Bible discourse about how his death benefits us. You are warmly invited to meet with us to observe the anniversary of Jesus’ death. Find a meeting location near you by clicking here. If you have not tried this before, then do not worry and do not be shy, we have more than 10 millions visitors on this day alone, you will be well received and are very welcome, regardless of your bible knowledge, yes all are encouraged to join.

If you already know where to find your local Kingdom Hall of JW then feel free to contact them and get more information, they will be happy to help, both if you need assistance with transportation and also they can tell you more about what time the memorial start in your specific place. (evening time, but may vary a few hours from place to place)

“You Will Be With Me in Paradise”

How will this promise be fulfilled?

In the hours before he died, Jesus assured his faithful apostles that they would be with him in his heavenly Kingdom. (Luke 22:28-30) He later promised a condemned criminal: “You will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43) How will those words come true?

The fulfillment of both promises is possible because Jesus surrendered his life for mankind, even for sinners like that criminal. Jesus’ sacrifice was so vital that he commanded his followers to commemorate it.—Luke 22:19, 20.

This year, the anniversary of Jesus’ death falls on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Jehovah’s Witnesses invite you to meet with them on that date to observe the Memorial that Jesus instituted. You will hear an explanation of how his death can benefit you and your family. It’s free, no collect will be taken, as is custom of JW, everything is free.

Remember Jesus’ Death

Why Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Observe the Lord’s Supper Differently From the Way Other Religions Do?

We adhere strictly to the Bible in our observance of the Lord’s Evening Meal, which is also known as “the Lord’s supper,” the Last Supper, and the Memorial of Jesus’ death. (1 Corinthians 11:20; King James Version) In contrast, many beliefs and practices of other denominations in connection with this observance are not based on the Bible.

Purpose

The purpose of the Lord’s Evening Meal is to remember Jesus, showing our gratitude for his sacrifice in our behalf. (Matthew 20:28; 1 Corinthians 11:24) The observance is not a sacrament, or a religious practice that imparts merit such as grace or the forgiveness of sins. The Bible teaches that our sins can be forgiven, not by a religious rite, but only through faith in Jesus.—Romans 3:25;1 John 2:1, 2.

How often?

Jesus commanded his disciples to commemorate the Lord’s Evening Meal, but he did not specifically say how often. (Luke 22:19) Some feel that it should be observed monthly, while others observe it weekly, daily, several times each day, or as often as a person feels is appropriate. However, here are some factors that should be considered.

Jesus instituted the Lord’s Evening Meal on the date of the Jewish Passover, and he died later that same day. (Matthew 26:1, 2) This was no coincidence. The Scriptures compare Jesus’ sacrifice to that of the Passover lamb. (1 Corinthians 5:7, 8) The Passover was observed once each year. (Exodus 12:1-6; Leviticus 23:5) Likewise, the Memorial of Jesus’ death was observed once each year by the early Christians,  and Jehovah’s Witnesses follow that Bible-based pattern.

Date and time

The pattern established by Jesus helps determine not only the frequency but also the date and time of the Memorial. He introduced the observance after sundown on Nisan 14, 33 C.E., according to the Bible’s lunar calendar. (Matthew 26:18-20, 26) We continue to observe the Memorial on this date each year, following the practice of early Christians.

Although Nisan 14, 33 C.E. was a Friday, the anniversary of that date might fall on a different day of the week each year. We determine the date that Nisan 14 falls each year using the same method as was used in the time of Jesus, rather than applying the method used for the modern Jewish calendar.

Bread and wine

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For the new observance, Jesus used unleavened bread and red wine that were left over from the Passover meal. (Matthew 26:26-28) Following his example, we use bread without leaven or added ingredients and plain red wine, not grape juice or wine that has been sweetened, fortified, or spiced.

Some denominations use bread with leavening or yeast, but leaven is often used in the Bible as a symbol of sin and corruption. (Luke 12:1;1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Galatians 5:7-9) Thus, only bread free from leaven and other additives can be a fitting symbol for Christ’s sinless body. (1 Peter 2:22) Another practice not supported by the Bible is that of substituting unfermented grape juice for wine. Some churches do so because of their unscriptural prohibition against consuming alcohol.—1 Timothy 5:23.

Emblems, not literal flesh and blood

The unleavened bread and red wine served at the Memorial are emblems, or symbols, of Christ’s flesh and blood. They are not miraculously changed into or mixed with his literal flesh and blood, as some feel. Consider the Scriptural basis for this understanding.

  • If Jesus had commanded his disciples to drink his blood, he would have been telling them to break God’s law against consuming blood. (Genesis 9:4; Acts 15:28, 29) Yet this could not be, for Jesus would never instruct others to violate God’s law regarding the sacredness of blood.—John 8:28, 29.

  • If the apostles had been literally drinking Jesus’ blood, he would not have said that his blood “is to be poured out,” indicating that his sacrifice was yet to occur.—Matthew 26:28.

  • Jesus’ sacrifice took place “once for all time.” (Hebrews 9:25, 26) However, if the bread and wine were changed into his flesh and blood during the Lord’s Evening Meal, then those partaking would be repeating that sacrifice.

  • Jesus said: “Keep doing this in remembrance of me,” not “in sacrifice of me.”—1 Corinthians 11:24.

Those who believe in transubstantiation, that the bread and wine become Jesus’ literal body and blood, base this doctrine on the wording of certain Bible verses. For example, in many Bible translations, Jesus is recorded as saying of the wine: “This is my blood.” (Matthew 26:28) However, Jesus’ words can also be translated as: “This means my blood,” “This represents my blood,” or “This signifies my blood.”  As he had often done, Jesus was teaching by using a metaphor.—Matthew 13:34, 35.

Who partake?

When Jehovah’s Witnesses observe the Lord’s Evening Meal, only a small fraction of us partake of the bread and wine. Why is that so?

Jesus’ shed blood established “a new covenant” that replaced the covenant between Jehovah God and the ancient nation of Israel. (Hebrews 8:10-13) Those who are in that new covenant partake of the Memorial emblems. It includes, not all Christians, but only “those who have been called” in a special way by God. (Hebrews 9:15; Luke 22:20) These ones will rule in heaven with Christ, and the Bible says that just 144,000 people receive that privilege.—Luke 22:28-30; Revelation 5:9, 10; 14:1, 3.

In contrast to the “little flock” of those called to rule with Christ, the vast majority of us hope to be part of “a great crowd” who will gain everlasting life on earth. (Luke 12:32; Revelation 7:9, 10) While those of us with an earthly hope do not partake of the Memorial emblems, we do join in expressing thanks for the sacrifice that Jesus made in our behalf.—1 John 2:2.

 

How Is Jesus’ Sacrifice “a Ransom for Many”?

The Bible’s answer

Jesus’ sacrifice is the means by which God delivers, or saves, humankind from sin and death. The Bible refers to the shed blood of Jesus as a ransom price. (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18, 19) Thus, Jesus said that he came “to give his life a ransom for many.”—Matthew 20:28, King James Version.

Why was “a ransom for many” needed?

The first man, Adam, was created perfect, or without sin. He had the prospect of living forever but lost it by choosing to disobey God. (Genesis 3:17-19) When he had children, he passed on to them the defect of sin. (Romans 5:12) For this reason, the Bible indicates that Adam “sold” himself and his children into slavery to sin and death. (Romans 7:14) Being imperfect, none of them could buy back what Adam lost.—Psalm 49:7, 8.

God felt compassion for Adam’s descendants in their hopeless situation. (John 3:16) However, God’s standard of justice required that he not simply overlook or excuse their sins without a valid basis. (Psalm 89:14; Romans 3:23-26) God loves mankind, so he provided the necessary legal means for their sins to be not only forgiven but also eliminated. (Romans 5:6-8) The ransom is that legal basis.

How does the ransom work?

In the Bible, the term “ransom” involves the following three elements:

  1. It is a payment.—Numbers 3:46, 47.

  2. It brings about a release, or redemption.—Exodus 21:30.

  3. It corresponds to the value of what is paid for, or covers it. *

Consider how these elements apply to the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

  1. Payment. The Bible says that Christians were “bought with a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23) That price is the blood of Jesus, with which he “bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”—Revelation 5:8, 9.

  2. Release. Jesus’ sacrifice provides a “release by ransom” from sin.—1 Corinthians 1:30;Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:15.

  3. Correspondence. Jesus’ sacrifice corresponds exactly to what Adam lost—one perfect human life. (1 Corinthians 15:21, 22, 45, 46) The Bible says: “Just as through the disobedience of the one man [Adam] many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one person [Jesus Christ] many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19) This explains how the death of one man can pay the ransom for many sinners. In fact, Jesus’ sacrifice is “a corresponding ransom for all” those who take the steps necessary to benefit from it.—1 Timothy 2:5, 6.

 

( * In the Bible, the original words translated “ransom” convey the idea of a price, or thing of value, that is paid. For example, the Hebrew verb ka·pharʹ basically means “cover.” (Genesis 6:14) It usually refers to the covering of sin. (Psalm 65:3) The related noun koʹpher refers to the price paid to accomplish this covering, or redemption. (Exodus 21:30) Similarly, the Greek word lyʹtron, which is usually translated “ransom,” can also be rendered “redemption-price.” (Matthew 20:28; The New Testament in Modern Speech, by R. F. Weymouth) Greek writers used the term to refer to a payment given to ransom a prisoner of war or to release a slave.)

 

How to Make Memorial Bread

For those curious, here is how you make the bread. You should however not bring any when you join – it’s already taken care of by the local congregation.

 

(Link to the beautiful colorful book, seen in the video above about jesus life, full version of more than 300 pages with many illustrative drawings – completely free; 26mb size)

 


 

 

This is the end of Bible teachings X (10), you can find direct link to the previous video Bible teachings 1 – 9 just below;

In Part 9 we ask, who Is the Author of the Bible? And what is the many books in the bible actually about?  why should we consider to study the Bible and other questions.

In part 7 we go back in time to learn how it all started, how Jehovah was rediscovered by people who truly loved God and in part 8 we get intimately acquainted with a few Bible Characters, seeing their struggles and success come to live in front of us in honest spirit uplifting movies.

In part 5 and 6 we are taking a deeper look at the Bible and the divine name יהוה, the real hidden name of God the father. Open your heart and listen with it, discern the truth about God.

You can also watch as people search for the only true God, the living and happy God Jehovah by watching and enjoying the beautiful videos in part 1 to 4, click hereherehere and here.

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