QUESTIONS & RESPONSES

FEBRUARY 2014

 

 

 

02/11/14    Can I celebrate the Memorial alone? (How to invite others.)

 

02/09/14    Brother is determined to celebrate the Memorial Supper with Jehovah’s Witnesses.

 

02/08/14    What sort of persons should we invite to our private Memorial Suppers?

 

02/07/14b   Is it premature to suggest that people not attend the 2014 Memorial hosted by Jehovah’s                           Witnesses?

 

02/07/14    When celebrating the Memorial at home, what kind of bread and wine should we use and                         can our children participate?    

 

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On February 11, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 

    “My friends, Thank you for your kind response to my question. It has only reinforced what I have always believed. Unfortunately during this upcoming memorial season, I am completely alone here in the Northern California area. After reading "A Memorial of Offense", it only seemed too obvious of what has been going on. So many of the friends just take as "Gospel" anything that is printed in the Watchtower publications by the Governing Body without really researching the facts for themselves. They are either afraid of what they will find or what someone might say, or they are too complacent/lazy to research, possibly save themselves, their friends and family. Most will say that "millions of us can't be wrong. Surely Jehovah is blessing and directing our efforts." The next couple of Watchtower studies and Service Meeting parts of which I was supposed to conduct just finally made me make some serious decisions. It would be nice to meet up with those of the same mindset as sons of God for the annual observance. I've tried to be discrete, but there doesn't seem to be anyone here of the same understanding.  Do we just do it alone? Would that be acceptable?
    “This week I tried to step down as an elder for "personal reasons" and all I could get was, "let's see how you feel about it few weeks/month. The other brothers will just pick up your assignments". I'm trying not to make waves so that I can give food and continue to interject the glorious hope ahead that so many are missing. But it is obvious due to my reaffirmed faith that this will be a permanent decision.  At some point though, it seems that it is only a matter of time before we as sons of God are to be united in various localities to bring a shout of praise to our Savior together. I welcome your thoughts. Your brother.”


    To the author, congratulations on your courageous stand and your determination to follow the Christ. Last year, we received an email from a sister with a similar question about celebrating the Memorial alone.  Please take a look at it, Question and Response 3/19/13-2.  Our direct answer is that you certainly can commemorate the Memorial Supper alone.  Many did last year.  But it is much better and more fulfilling if you can share the evening with others who have a love for Christ and wish to have a sharing with him. 

    And we would like you to consider these additional ideas: 

    1.    If you have a wife and children, you can make the Memorial Supper the subject of your ‘family studies.’  After explaining the importance of participating, perhaps you can share with them your intentions and see if they would want to participate with you.  

    2.    If you currently have Bible students whom you would ordinarily invite to the Memorial, why not have a series of discussion with them about the important of the Memorial and invite them to share the Memorial Supper with you.

    3.    Spend the next several weeks leading up to the Memorial in discussion with extended family, friends, and workmates about the Memorial Supper and you can invite those who wish to partake with Christ to commemorate the Supper with you.  You will find that your family, friends or workmates who are already Christians, who have not been tainted with the idea of an ‘earthly hope,’ will be honored to share the Supper with you. 

    In your discussions, be sure to explain that sharing in the Memorial Supper is a natural and normal requirement for a Christian and the entire Christian family, just as the Passover was a celebration that included every member of the Jewish family. The old covenant was for Abraham’s children – the entire nation.  The likewise the new covenant is for the entire believing Christian nation, which is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23), also, referred to as ‘Abraham’s children.’ 

 

“You are all, in fact, sons of God through your faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in union with Christ Jesus. Moreover, if you belong to Christ, you are really Abraham’s offspring, heirs with reference to a promise.”

– Galatians 3:26-29

 

    By partaking at the Memorial Supper, we are openly confessing union with Christ so that he will openly confess union with us. (Matthew 10:32-33)      

 

    One does not need to experience some supernatural manifestation in order to ‘qualify’ to partake.  The Watchtower Society has created a false teaching that only 144,000 qualify to partake.  This doctrine is so blatantly in error that we wonder how we even believed it ourselves.  We show this clear error in the article The Great Crowd of Partakers.  The Watchtower Society has also created a false mystique around the term ‘anointed’ such that the average Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot understand its simplicity.  See Question and Response 2/23/12 where we discuss this in more detail.    

 

    In its simplest term, being anointed means being led by spirit – following its leadings, making decisions based on the will of God.  But even if one cannot yet accept this simple truth that the heavenly hope is for all, they should still understand that unless they partake of the Christ, they will not gain everlasting life or a resurrection under any circumstances:

 

“So Jesus said to them: ‘Most truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day.”

– John 6:53-54

 

    You have some time until the Memorial, on April 14, 2014, to work these things out.  And during that time, your circumstances may change, and you may be blessed with spiritual brothers and sisters to share the evening with.      

 

    This year, we encourage all our brothers to expect the unexpected.  And whatever happens with you, we hope you will share your experience with us.  After the Memorial, we will be posting a page, Memorial Experience 2014, for the encouragement of all who had a share in that most holy night.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"
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On February 9, 2014, we received the following comment:

    “I read your [Question and Response 2/7/14b]. I think if I were [Governing Body], I'd be overjoyed. The number of anointed will drop in next yearbook depending on your reach, and they will reinforce their grip on the millions of lost sheep. “See, the anointed are dropping again! False alarm, the end is near!”  Jesus continued to go to the synagogue, and even Timothy was circumcised for the purpose of winning the Jews. It's part of our testimony to not deny the Son in front of others. If we are withdrawing, this testimony is not made. I'm ready to make sure all continue to come to me in the hall and ask questions about sonship. This is part of my ministry and I make it easier for others to partake.”

    To the author, thank you for your email.  We are certain your intentions are honorable, but we believe you may be setting yourself up for great disappointment.  As we mentioned in the Question and Response 2/7/14b, the Governing Body has devised a method whereby no matter how many new ones partake, the vast majority will not be counted. Since that would be the only reason why a son of God would participate in such a sham Memorial, we have encouraged the sons of God to participate in a Memorial Supper that truly honors the Christ, where the Christ is at center stage, where the joy of the heavenly hope can be discussed out loud and with enthusiasm and freeness of speech.  That means, in private gatherings away from those hosted by the Watchtower organization.

    Having said that, you are certainly free to do as you choose.  But we urge you to take to heart what we have written so that if your method does not produce the fruitage you are expecting, or if you become a ‘spiritual martyr,’ you will understand why.  We have learned that those who trust more deeply in the leadership of the Governing Body are the very ones who turn into ‘Sauls’ as mentioned in the article Converting Pauls to Sauls, when their expectations are not met. 

    From the emails you have sent us in the past, we believe your heart is in the right place. And so we will pray for your courage, strength and endurance, as you will surely need it.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"
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On February 8, 2014, we received the following inquiry:

    “Hi brothers, I think your idea of celebrating the Lords evening meal in private homes is excellent and the right thing to do. Once again thank you for great articles.  However I would like to have your second opinion regarding specific matters. For me there seems to be a paradox between how Jesus is including individuals in the Kingdom of the heavens even those considered unclean and outcasts in ancient Israel (tax collectors, prostitutes, criminals etc.) vs. how Paul is excluding those Jesus included (read 1 Cor. 6).  In contrast to Paul, Jesus promised the criminal on the stake a place in heaven without conversion and amazingly enough, Judas Iscariot got his feet washed by Jesus himself on the very last supper. My questions are:
“How should we deal with the paradox approach between Jesus and Paul and others?
"How should we deal with individuals who want to celebrate the memorial that presently may find themselves in the category Paul was excluding in 1 Cor. 6?
“Do you think we are celebrating the memorial in an unworthy way if we allow such individuals to be present and even partake?”


    To the author, thank you for your email.  We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our visitors who are inquiring about celebrating the Memorial.  This is one of the most important subjects for consideration at this time. Since we are expressly encouraging our brothers to celebrate the Memorial in private gatherings, we expect there will be many questions.  So we ask all who have questions not to hesitate to write to us.  It is most likely that others will have the same question and will be benefitted by your inquiry. 

    We truly believe that the questions we receive about the Memorial are all spirit-led, even the question that formed the basis of the article Fleeing From Hypocrisy.  By that brother’s courage in openly expressing his sincere feelings, many of our brothers who were on the fence or not sure whether it is appropriate to flee from religious captivity have been encouraged and uplifted, and know that they must partake at the Memorial Supper if they are to be in union with Christ.  So, please brothers, keep the questions coming. 
    
    This brother asked: “How should we deal with the paradox approach between Jesus and Paul and others?”  We first want to say that whenever there is a conflict between what Jesus said and what any other person said, no matter how honorable, we always side with Jesus.  We take this position because when the conflict appears in the Bible, it is often only an ‘apparent conflict,’ and a deeper examination may reveal that there is, in fact, no true conflict. 

    In the example you give, Jesus was indeed in the company of tax collectors, prostitutes, criminals, etc.  Here is one account: 

 

“And as he was passing by, he caught sight of Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him: “Be my follower.” At that he rose up and followed him. Later he was dining in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many of them who were following him. But when the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they began saying to his disciples: “Does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them: “Those who are strong do not need a physician, but those who are ill do. I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners.”

– Mark 2:14-17

 

    Jesus’ interaction with those who were disapproved by the scribes and Pharisees was to encourage and uplift those individuals.  He was letting them know what he was about and letting his light shine on them, not the other way around. He was not engaging in improper acts with them, nor were these individuals doing anything improper in Jesus’ presence.  But change must begin at some point. In order for one to put on ‘the mind of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 2:16), they will have to know what that entails.

 

“For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? “

– Romans 10:13-14 - New International Version

 

    Reconciliation to God begins with spiritual association. Of course, that does not mean that we would engage in, or be spectators of, practices that are not in line with the mind of Christ, but we surely can spend time speaking about the good news of the kingdom with those who are just beginning the race for the real life. We are referring to spiritual, not recreational, association. We believe this is in harmony with Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians congregation.  Paul wrote: 

 

“Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom. And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.”

 – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

 

    And keep in mind that sin is sin. Notice greed and drunkenness is viewed by Paul with as much disapproval as adultery and homosexuality. This is an important point to remember.  If you are going to avoid association with those viewed as sinners, at least be consistent.     

 

    While it is always wise to be selective in our personal associations, we must remember that we do not have Jesus’ ability to read hearts and minds.  Some people engage in sinful acts out of greed or an evil heart.  But others find themselves engaged in sinful acts for other reasons that are not always understood and that do not arise from a sinful heart. We believe this is why Jesus could welcome the evil doer into Paradise, as recorded by Luke:  

 

“Then one of the criminals hanging there began to speak abusively to him, saying: ‘You are the Christ, are you not? Save yourself and us too!’ In response the other rebuked him, saying: ‘Do you not fear God at all, now that you have received the same judgment? And we rightly so, for we are getting back what we deserve for the things we did; but this man did nothing wrong.’ Then he said: ‘Jesus, remember me when you get into your Kingdom.’ And he said to him: ‘Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise.’”

– Luke 23:39-43

 

    In three sentences, Jesus was able to discern that this sinner was not an evil man.  He was more likely weak or misled in some other way that was reversible.  At the end of his life, this evildoer demonstrated a heart that the Father could work with.    

 

    You asked: “How should we deal with individuals who want to celebrate the memorial that presently may found themselves in the category Paul were excluding in 1 Cor. 6?'  An answer can be found in the Parable of the Wedding Feast. (Matthew 22:2-14) Here, a king prepared a wedding feast for his son and invited those one might call ‘righteous.’ But each begged off and did not wish to attend.  In response, the king sent his servants out in the streets to invite all sorts of people, ‘both wicked and good.’ (Matthew 22:10)  He only had one requirement, that they come dressed to participate in and honor a wedding feast.  (Matthew 22:11-14)  

 

    In a similar way, we are free to invite to our Memorial Suppers all sorts of people, including some who fall into the categories you are referring to.  But they must come prepared to participate and have a sharing with the Christ.  Obviously, they should not bring with them their sinful conduct.  Those matter must be left ‘outside.’  We should, of course, be discreet in who we invite to our homes or private gatherings. We should make sure those we invite sincerely want to have a sharing with Christ. In other words, let the reader use discernment!     

 

    There are many, many people in our society who have good hearts, but for some reason or another find themselves dominated by sin. In our ministry, we discovered that many people who are entrapped by sin are simply weak and not up for the challenge of life as it is lived on earth today. They need help and encouragement; not rejection and condemnation.  This change must begin somewhere.  Perhaps by being in association with true lovers of Christ and hearing the good news of the heavenly kingdom and testimonies of faith, they will be moved to change their conduct so that it becomes more Christlike – loving the Father with their whole being and loving their brother as themselves.  (Matthew 22:27-40)    

 

    You asked: “Do you think we are celebrating the memorial in an unworthy way if we allow such individuals to be present and even partake?” For the reasons set forth above, we do not believe having sinners in our midst makes us unworthy.  Remember, we are all sinners in some way and are all working to ‘be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect.’ (Matthew 5:48)      

 

    Additionally, choosing to allow or disallow someone to partake of the Christ is not within our jurisdiction.  We must stop judging another’s worthiness to have a relationship with the Father. (Matthew 7:1-5) Our obligation is to let our lights shine on others so that they, too, can give glory to God. (Matthew 5:16) We are not middlemen or mediators such that others must first pass our personal inspections before they can have a sharing with Christ.  Paul wrote:

 

“This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus.”

– 1 Timothy 2:3-5

 

    So we must be content to let Jesus choose to whom he will open the door to the heavens, and let Jesus decide to whom he will say “get away from me!” (Matthew 7:21-23) If someone comes mentally and spiritually prepared to share with Christ, who are we to prevent them?  In the same way that we have been welcomed to share with Christ, we must welcome others.  If someone is unacceptable, let it be the Father or Christ Jesus who makes that determination.   

 

    For our part, it seems far wiser to err on the side of tolerance, patience and love, all the while remembering Jesus’ counsel:

 

“Look! I am sending you out as sheep among wolves; so prove yourselves cautious as serpents and yet innocent as doves.”

– Matthew 10:15

                   

"Elaia Luchnia"
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On February 7, 2014, we received the following inquiry:


    “After more than 7 months I am compelled to write to you today. Please know that I check your website for updates everyday and I deeply appreciate the spiritually uplifting effect of your articles. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into them. I hope and pray that more, in fact all, Jehovah's Witnesses are awakened to the plain, open and authentic teachings of Jesus. I hope it is a sign of spiritual growth that my reaction to your John 6:53-56 quote today was "this is so obvious...how did I not see this in times gone by!" 

    “However, having spent many weeks and months working up the courage to partake at the forthcoming Memorial (and I'm not saying that I have all the courage I need yet), I can't pretend that I wasn't a little disappointed at the suggestion to not take a stand in front of other Witnesses on April 14th. Of course, I agree with you that our current celebration bears little resemblance to the one Jesus instituted but it seemed to me that this was the one thing that might precipitate change in an organization that I believe has tremendous potential for good.

    “Surely the Governing Body would not continue to ignore an increase in partakers that called the current understanding into serious doubt? If that is so, would it not be better for Sons of God that are still in 'good standing' to express their conviction in larger numbers so we expose this error for what it is? Rest assured, I do not seek the limelight... in fact I've been thinking about how best slip under the radar but still be counted.

    “I anticipate your response might be that they have already ignored a significant increase, but was it truly large enough for them not to take notice? If we could get 1% of the baptized publishers to partake I suspect a change (of some kind) would be unavoidable... don't you think?”

    
    To the author, thank you for your email. We are very glad that you are turning to the Christ and the true Christian hope.  We have full confidence that you will garner the courage to step up and do what you know to be right. 

    And we certainly understand your arguments in support of participating in the 2014 Memorial with the Watchtower organization, and we agree that the organization has tremendous potential for good.  However, the Governing Body is squandering this ‘talent’ given them, and there is currently no sign that they will properly ‘do business’ with that talent. (Matthew 25:14-30) While we have given up our direct communications with them, we believe the recent call to commemorate the Memorial Supper at private gatherings will provide another opportunity and a wake up call to the Governing Body that might inspire them to make needed changes. Let us explain.

    You suggested:
 Surely the Governing Body would not continue to ignore an increase in partakers that called the current understanding into serious doubt? If that is so, would it not be better for Sons of God that are still in 'good standing' to express their conviction in larger numbers so we expose this error for what it is? . . . I anticipate your response might be that they have already ignored a significant increase, but was it truly large enough for them not to take notice? If we could get 1% of the baptized publishers to partake I suspect a change (of some kind) would be unavoidable... don't you think?

    Dear brother, we believe a large enough number did partake at the 2013 Memorials hosted by the Watchtower organization.  Although they reported only 600 new partakers in the 2014 Yearbook, our reports indicate the number of new, first time partakers reported by the congregations worldwide was almost 20 times that amount. Surely, that is enough new partakers to get their attention. Instead, of publicly acknowledging these developments, the Governing Body hid this information and scrambled to do ‘damage control.’ 

    They sent letters to certain congregations where there was a significant increase in partakers, and they even sent out emissaries to some congregations to speak with these new partakers first hand with the intent to discourage them and convince them that they could not be anointed. This latter tactic backfired, as we explained in the article 
Defending Our Living Hope.  Instead of discouraging these new ones, the emissaries themselves were profoundly affected.  We understand that at least 3 of the brothers who were sent out on these missions were so impressed by the new partakers that they no longer serve at Bethel.  Their experience was similar to what occurred when the chief priests and Pharisees sent out officers to entrap and arrest Jesus:

 

“The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things about him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees dispatched officers to get hold of him. . . . Therefore the officers went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, and the latter said to them: ‘Why is it you did not bring him in?’ The officers replied: ‘Never has [another] man spoken like this.’”

– John 7:32, 45-46

 

        It may appear to many that the Governing Body is worried that an increase in the number of partakers challenges their teaching that the number would decrease as a sign of the end.  However, their biggest concern is that the growing number of partakers casts a shadow on their “new light” as to the meaning of ‘this generation’ as explained in the January 15, 2014 Watchtower, page 31, paragraphs 15-16:

 

“15. In his detailed prophecy about the conclusion of this system of things, Jesus said: “This generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen.” (Read Matthew 24:33-35.) We understand that in mentioning “this generation,” Jesus was referring to two groups of anointed Christians. The first group was on hand in 1914, and they readily discerned the sign of Christ’s presence in that year. Those who made up this group were not merely alive in 1914, but they were spirit-anointed as sons of God in or before that year. —Rom. 8:14-17.

        

“16. The second group included in “this generation” are anointed contemporaries of the first group. They were not simply alive during the lifetime of those in the first group, but they were anointed with holy spirit during the time that those of the first group were still on earth. Thus, not every anointed person today is included in “this generation” of whom Jesus spoke. Today, those in this second group are themselves advancing in years. Yet, Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:34 give us confidence that at least some of “this generation will by no means pass away” before seeing the start of the great tribulation. This should add to our conviction that little time remains before the King of God’s Kingdom acts to destroy the wicked and usher in a righteous new world.—2 Pet. 3:13.”

 

    This blatant perversion of the plain and simple word “this” has created a whole new doctrine for them.  So as a guise and a ruse for achieving their intent to not report the actual number of partakers, they advised certain bodies of elders where the number of partakes was unusually high to exclude from their reports those who could not have been a part of the so-called ‘second group of anointed’ based on their convoluted explanation of ‘this generation.’ This automatically excluded the teenagers, the young adults, and all the adults under a certain age, perhaps under 50.  And they can play this game every year so that no matter how many brothers step up and partake, they will not be counted.    

 

    So we thought of another way to get their attention. The Governing Body is clearly not interested in reporting the true number of partakers, but they are certainly concerned about reporting a high number of attendees.  Thus, if the number of attendees drops significantly, they will surely take note.     

 

    Based on their proclamations that a sign of ‘Babylon the Great’ is the drying up of her waters – meaning a drop in the number of people attending their churches – they will surely be shamed if their own ‘waters’ dry up.  For that reason, we believe, or at least hope, that if the number of Memorial attendees drops from 19 million to even 18 million, they will take note.  Though we strongly hope the number drops significantly more than that. And of course, with a drop in the number of attendees, that will result in a corresponding drop in contributions.  That will get their notice!                    

 

    But do not misconstrue our words as an attack on the Governing Body or Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Our goal is not just to move the Governing Body to action.  Our primary goal is to honor the Christ and currently that cannot be done at the Memorials hosted by the Watchtower organization. Moving the Governing Body to act is an additional benefit, motivated by brotherly love, that, if successful, can result in the salvation of nearly 20 million people.    

 

    We hope our brothers and sisters have the love and the courage to turn away from the Watchtower Memorials for the good of their sleeping brothers and sisters, the Governing Body, and the entire Christian community that takes note.  And we hope that they choose to commemorate a true Memorial Supper among their true brothers in Christ in private gatherings.      

 

    At this late date, only Jehovah’s Witnesses can save Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Any outside influence or pressure will be ignored or labeled as persecution.  But what can the Governing Body say when its adherents simply turn to serving Christ and shake the dust off their feet?  The most painful act that can be inflicted on a narcissist is for the public to simply ignore them. This may be the last opportunity for the narcissist body of men who lead Jehovah’s Witnesses to be moved to change.    

 

    If you, or any of our visitors have comments about this matter, please do not hesitate to write us.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"
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On February 7, 2014, we received the following inquiry:  

 

     “I have a question. To partake, does it have to be Unleavened Bread and Unfermented Wine? If so, any recipe/suggestions... etc? Me and my wife are looking forward for it. We are planning on doing a nice dinner as family and then do the honors. We also have something planned for our daughters too. Should they participate as well (partaking), even when they are so little (6 and 8)?”        

 

    To the author, thank you for your email.  We rejoice in your determination to have a sharing with Christ Jesus without hindrance by having a private Memorial Supper in your home with your entire family.  That is how we do it – a modest dinner, followed by prayer, the Memorial emblems, and uplifting conversation. We suspect others are planning to do the same and have questions similar to yours, so we are responding publicly.    

 

    As far as the type of bread and wine, we already provided some information on this in the article, Keep Doing This In Remembrance of Me.  In the article, we also state that the drink does not have to be wine since many adults choose to strictly abstain from alcohol. We suggest that grape juice or any other type of drink would be sufficient.  Please see the article for our reasoning on this issue and if you have further questions, please do not hesitate to write us again.     

 

    As far as your little ones, remember Jesus said:

 

“Then young children were brought to him for him to place his hands on them and offer prayer, but the disciples reprimanded them. Jesus, however, said: “Let the young children alone, and do not try to stop them from coming to me, for the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to such ones.”

– Matthew 19:13-14

 

    Our children are also recipients of the blessings and liberty that Jesus brought and proclaimed, and they are also invited to follow Jesus into the heavenly abodes that he has prepared for us. (John 14:2) There is no better way of assuring our children will continue in ‘straight paths’ than to begin early helping them establish a personal relationship with the Father and fostering the heavenly hope as a real living hope. The scriptures encourage developing spirituality in children from a young age: 

 

“Train a boy in the way he should go; Even when he grows old he will not depart from it.”

– Proverbs 22:6

 

“These words that I am commanding you today must be on your heart,  and you must inculcate them in your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as a reminder on your hand, and they must be like a headband on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

– Deuteronomy 6:6-9

 

    Just as the entire Mosaic Law was impressed on the Hebrew children, so the ‘new covenant’ should be written in the hearts of Christian children. (Hebrews 8:10-12)    

 

    Remember, too, at the Jewish Passover, the children ate and drank with their parents.  They even had a special part in the evening.  According to the Pesach Haggadah, the book read from during the Passover celebration, the youngest person at the table who is capable of reciting is asked to recite the phrase: “Why is this night different from all other nights?”  It is meant to express the child's confusion at the difference between a typical everyday or holiday meal and the unusual features of the Passover Seder.  From this point, an adult begins to recite its meaning.  This demonstrates how important it was, and is, for the Jewish people to involve their children in their religion.     

 

    This is an excellent example to Christian parents of the need to include their children in the Memorial Supper of the Christ.  And not just to participate, but to understand its importance. It is a great opportunity to have our children speak openly about the Christ on that evening, if possible, along with the adults, so they will truly feel a part of it.     

 

    In time, all of us adults will be released from the body and begin the heavenly ascent, at which time we will be leaving the earth and the ministry to the next generation, our children. By instilling in them the Christian hope and by showing them how to develop a close relationship with the Father and Christ Jesus, our children will be able to bring our world closer and closer to the beautiful conditions prophesied about by the Hebrew prophets, where our entire planet will be inhabited by ‘meek’ people.  We, today, are working to bring heaven down. If our children carry on our legacy, what a wonderful world this could be!  

 

    Since this type of Memorial Supper will be different for many of our brothers who choose to commemorate the night privately, please feel free to share your ideas for the evening, and also do not forget to share your experience afterward.  Last year, one of our most popular pages on our site was Memorial Experiences 2013.  So we are very exited about the 2014 Memorial.  And we will be publishing more articles on the Supper as the day draws near.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"

 

 
 
 
 
 

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