By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil
It did not end with the apostles. It was not meant to end that soon. Jesus Christ established the Church to exist till the Lord's Second Coming. Our Lord established each and every thing with the intention that it should be in existence till His Second Coming. Let us search the Bible for evidence.
"And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it." (Mat 16:18)
"Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I commanded you until the end of the age." (i.e. till His second coming) (Mat. 28: 19-20)
He established the Holy Communion till His Second Coming. (Mat 26:26-28, Luke 22, 19-20, Mark 14:22-24, 1 Cori. 11:23-25). ..".for this is my blood of covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of the sins." (Mat 26:28) "proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes." (1 Cori. 11:24).
"He will give you another Advocate, to be with you always, the Spirit of truth." (John 14:16)
"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who believe in Me through their word" (John 17:20)
Therefore Jesus wants us also to take part in the Holy Communion. It's not limited to the people who lived during the apostolic times.
When Jesus asked the apostles to preach His word till His Second Coming, didn't our Lord know that the apostles wouldn't live forever? I am surprised that some people argue in this manner.
The apostles not only passed it on from themselves to the next generation, but also decided that those people should pass it on to generations to come. This is why St. Paul asked Titus to appoint Presbyters (Elders) in each town. (Titus 1:5)
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