Yesterday’s Communion Meditation
Before yesterday, it had been months and months since the last time I was blessed with the opportunity to offer a communion meditation for our congregation at HH. I think it may have ended up being more meaningful for me than for anyone else – for which I apologize – but it has been on my mind ever since, so here it is. Feel free to share your thoughts!
Why Do We Eat and Drink?
We eat and drink in the presence of our Father, to remember how He sacrificed His son to save us, and the world.
We gather around the table to eat and drink with brothers and sisters – not just in this room, but around the community, around the state, around the world – eating and drinking to remember the One whose love unites us into one body.
We eat and drink to remember that night long ago, when the disciples gathered around the table in the upper room, fearful and confused, and ate and drank with their friend who also happened to be God’s Anointed One.
And we eat and drink to remember into the future, when all God’s children will gather and share in the great Wedding Feast of the Lamb, and enjoy His presence forever and forever.
But why do we eat and drink? When God considered how we would come together to establish, remember, and incarnate all these things from Pentecost to today, why did He choose eating and drinking as the activity that would best carry forth his purposes?
The Apostle Paul writes:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all… he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
We eat and drink because our life together is one of continual maturation. What happens to someone who stops eating and drinking? They wither away and die. We eat and drink in order to grow up, to grow up into the One whose flesh and blood we remember.
in HIS love,