The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the little wafer featured in its 'Eucharistic celebration' magically becomes the “body and blood, soul and divinity” of Jesus Christ. At the appropriate moment in the Catholic mass, the priest repeats the ritual words and, we are told, calls the Son of God from the Father's side to become a cookie. This cookie then will be fed to those who approach the Roman altar with open mouths or outstretched hands.
Think about that. Scripture tells us that God is so perfect that He cannot abide the presence of sin.
I do not recognize the Jesus of Scripture in the translucent bit of flour and water used in Catholic Communion. That bit of bread cannot be Jesus Christ, the Redeemer.
The biblical Jesus who made possible my salvation by His substitutionary atoning death on Calvary was fully man and fully God. The body that was laid in the tomb was a man's body, cold and dead. And the body that was raised up on the third day was that same man's body -- known to and recognized by the Apostles and many, many others. When Jesus ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God, He ascended in that glorified body.
God is omnipotent, but it seems ludicrous to me He would lend Himself to converting flour and water into virtual Jesus, regardless of who officiates at the mystical event.
For anyone to proclaim that biblical Jesus, Second Person of the Trinity, Author of all Creation, might be somehow entrapped in a bit of translucent bread and lives in a box to be taken in sinful hands, placed into sinful mouths to be consumed, digested and eliminated is to me offensive. This is not the Lord Jesus we are discussing. This is another Jesus. A Pagan Jesus. A Jesus of the baker's handiwork.
The Jesus of the Bible died in order that those who, by grace, receive saving faith might be forgiven their sins and spend eternity with the Lord. The Bible nowhere tells us He must be offered thousands, millions, of times in continuing sacrifce day after day after day. That is not biblical Christianity To me it seems a Pagan ritual.
Perhaps the Catholic interpretation of Christ's words at the Last Supper results from bad hermeneutics, faulty exegesis and/or a poor understanding of Jewish customs and beliefs at the time of Christ's earthly ministry. I suggest reading Alfred Edersheim's The Life and Times of Jesus The Messiah, Bk V, Chap 26, at least the final three paragraphs at the bottom of the page. For those learning to use the Historical/Grammatical/Literal method of hermeneutics, this work is an excellent source for information on Jewish life in the period of Christ's active ministry..
In the KJV, Matthew 26:26 reads:
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