Some churches have communion every week, some once a month, and JW's do it once a year on the first day of the Jewish Passover. But the main difference is that JW's are not allowed to partake unless they are part of the "Anointed Class", or the holier JW's chosen to go to heaven. Everyone else just passes the bread and wine but doesn't partake. Is this what Jesus had in mind? Is everyone else doing it wrong?
There are two arguments here. First is, how often should we observe this? It is actually meaningless to debate it because Jesus did not specify how often or when, just that we should keep doing this. Jesus' and his followers were Jewish so they chose the Passover before he was arrested. Jesus knew he would be betrayed and arrested. As long as you keep doing it in remembrance of Him, the frequency isn't a big issue. (I personally feel that more than once a year is a good idea)
The bigger question is if we partake or not. Jesus did this with the ones closest to him. Luke 22:19-20 "And He took bread, gave it to them, saying, 'This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' Likewise he also took the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you." Does that mean only a select few get to partake?
Lets look at a few of these people. First is Doubting Thomas, or Thomas as he is referred to in the Bible. Thomas, like the other apostles, was told that Jesus would rise from the dead on the third day. In fact if you go through the gospels to His death and resurrection, the Roman soldiers were afraid his followers may try stealing away the body because of to make it seem like he was resurrected. To prevent this they sealed the large stone in front of the tomb so the body would be safe. Now when Jesus was risen and word spread of it, Thomas refused to believe it. John 20:24-29 "Now Thomas, called the twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples Therefore said to him 'We Have seen the lord.' So he said to them 'Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger in the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." It wasn't until Jesus was before him that he believed.
Now lets look at Peter. Mark 14:30 "Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times." This was fulfilled later in verse 66-72. I will let you look it up yourselves. If you don't have a bible, buy one. It is a good investment.
Finally lets look at the infamous Judas. Jesus knew Judas would betray Him but Judas was allowed to partake of the bread and wine at the last supper. Luke 22: 3-6 where Satan entered Judas and He went to the chief priests to set up the betrayal. Verse 19-20 where they partook of the bread and wine. Verse 21-23 where where Jesus reveals that He knows one of the twelve will betray him. This was, admittedly, the worst of the three
Not that these twelve were not special, they were his closest followers, but they were imperfect sinful people like us. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." This is evident in the actions of the apostles.
Another verse, Jesus talks to the Jews, John 6:53-56 "Then Jesus said to them,'Most assuredly I say to you, unless you eat of the flesh of the Son Of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him." Now Jesus was speaking figuratively but you can see he set the groundwork before the last supper for us to continue this tradition. And he was talking to the Jews, not just the twelve.
Now since the arrival, death, and resurrection put gentiles and Jews under grace and connected to god through Jesus, we should all partake in communion so Jesus may abide in us and us in him. The apostles were to go out and make disciples of Jesus after He left so they were the obvious choice to partake in the first communion. Le us keep doing it in remembrance of Him.
I hope these posts open your eyes if you are looking to join the JW's or just defending your faith. I hope if you are a JW reading this, you will take a good hart look at the practices of your religion. I welcome any and all comments or questions