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Why is Jesus Absent from Protestant Communion?

There are many churches that claim to have the True Presence of Jesus in their Communion but do they really?  What ingredients does it take to have the True Presence of Jesus and what did Jesus teach us?

Required components:

  • The valid Sacrament of Holy Orders from unbroken Apostolic Succession directly from Christ found only in the Church that Jesus founded (Catholic Church)

Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper.  He also ordained His Apostles that night as the first priests to be able to change the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus (see Luke 22:19).  This authority was only meant for the Apostles and their successors through the laying on of hands from the Pope to the Bishops. This is called the valid Sacrament of Holy Orders.  Anyone breaking that line of succession loses their authority.  The Sacrament of Holy Orders from unbroken Apostolic Succession is the sole reason why it is the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  This is only found in the Catholic Church and this is why the Eucharist is kept reverently in a Tabernacle.  If you want the real thing, you have to belong to the Catholic Church.

Protestant churches have broken that Apostolic Succession and their pastors are not validly ordained, invalidating their authority from Christ to change the bread into the Eucharist.  All churches other than the Catholic Church have broken that Apostolic line and splintered off.  No matter how much training or college the pastors receive, they are still not validly ordained with the Authority of Jesus in Apostolic Succession.  Martin Luther was a priest and received Apostolic Succession in the Catholic Church but split off and rejected the Church.  However Martin Luther was not a bishop so he wouldn’t have been able to pass that authority on even if he had stayed in the Church.  Because the Protestant churches do not have Apostolic Succession, they do not have the Real True Presence of Jesus in their Communion.  Their bread is blessed or a symbol, like when we ask for a blessing at meals but it is not the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood.  This is why they can do whatever they want with the leftovers, because the communion wafers are not consecrated; they are not Jesus.

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Believing in Jesus

A Martyr is someone who is killed because of their religious beliefs.  White Martyrdom is when a person is persecuted for their religious beliefs.  We all hear about martyrs but do we really think about it?  People who are willing to endure unspeakable pain, ridicule, anguish and torture because they won’t denounce their belief in God.

I spoke with someone about St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, who were both martyred for their faith.  They said that they believed in Jesus but didn’t understand why someone would die for their faith, “why not just ‘say’ what the captor wants to hear and then be free”?  This person didn’t truly understand that by “saying” what the captor wants, you are denouncing God.

We say we believe in Jesus, but to believe in Him means much more than just believing He existed.  What does it truly mean to believe in Jesus?    We think it’s all about love and roses because He has resurrected but if we read the scriptures below within the understanding of the Eucharist, then it takes on a new light.

  • John 6: 35  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life (the Eucharist); whoever comes to me (the Body of Christ in the Eucharist) will never hunger, and whoever believes in me (The Blood of Christ) will never thirst.
  • John 6: 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son (seeing and discerning the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist from that of ordinary bread) and believes in him (the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist) may have eternal life, and I shall raise him (on) the last day.
  • John 6: 47-48  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes (in the Eucharist as the Real Presence) has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life  (The Eucharist).
  • John 6: 55  For my flesh is true food (The Body of Christ as The Eucharist), and my blood is true drink (the Blood of Christ).”

Try reading the scriptures John 6:35-58 with the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist in mind.  It is all in the context of the Eucharist and yes, Jesus meant it literally, not symbolically.  It’s eye opening.  Especially when you consider the scripture, “I am with you (in The Eucharist) always, until the end of the world” (Mt. 28:20).  The Eucharist has been with us since Jesus founded it on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper.  This is also the same time Jesus began the ordination of priests.  This is not a coincidence.  He needed the priests, because through the priests and the Holy Spirit we have the Eucharist.  This is only done through the ordination and apostolic succession of the priests.

Believing in Jesus means we believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Body and Blood of the Eucharist.  This is truly believing in Jesus.  You cannot have believing in Jesus without the Eucharist; Jesus and the Eucharist are the same and inseparable.  These sound like strong words but once you understand the connection; that the Eucharist is Jesus’ Heart, it makes perfect sense. (Check out the Miracle of Lanciano on my Links page-The Eucharist Host is true human heart tissue with veins and nerves and the Blood is AB blood type.)

When you read the above scriptures in a new light, then the idea of dying for our faith becomes more clear.  Of course we would die for Jesus if we truly love Him and understand what context He meant regarding the Eucharist.  The martyrs I mentioned above would not have died for a symbol, but they did die for the Eucharist.  When we get to that point, then and only then can we truly say, “I believe in Jesus and I would die for Him”.

For further information, check out the Bread of Life Discourse at BREAD OF LIFE DISCOURSE & REASONS TO BE CATHOLIC  (especially check out #42 and #43, then scroll down to the bottom of the page for a good explanation on the Eucharist).  They have an easy explanation of the Eucharist and the difference between Protestant and Catholic beliefs.

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Aren’t all the churches the same?

It shouldn’t matter which church I go to as long as I’m Christian, right?  Aren’t all churches pretty much the same?  As long as I believe in Jesus, that’s all I need, right?

Let’s reason this out:

  • What provision did Jesus leave us for the continuation of His Church?  You might say, the Bible, right?
  • Well, there’s nothing in the Bible that says anything about Jesus leaving us the Bible.  It didn’t exist yet.
  • This leads us to the apostolic succession.  Jesus gave the apostles the right to bind and loose and Peter is the Rock.  Jesus gave Peter the Apostolic Office of His one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
  • In Matt 16: 18-19 Jesus calls Peter the Rock and upon the Rock He will build His church (notice this is not plural churcheS).  He gave Peter the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatever they bind on earth is bound in Heaven and whatever is loosed on earth is loosed in Heaven.  Peter was the first Pope.  The authority Jesus gave him was passed down from pope to pope through the laying on of hands through an unbroken line of succession through the ages (2000 years).
  • Anyone who does not receive the Divine Authority through Jesus and his apostles does not come from His church.

There are many churches out there and there are some truths is them but the Catholic Church is the only Church Jesus founded.  Peter died crucified upside-down for Jesus’ Church.  That should tell you something.

(Thank you to the radio show Called to Communion for some text on this page.)