I am part of a church that serves communion nearly every week. People like that. Its a part of the worship service that could be described as ‘a moment of dependence’. People may reflect on the suffering and sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus. Others may recount recent sins and receive forgiveness. Some may glory in the manifold love of God expressed in His own dear Son. Whether a Christian takes communion with a simple piece of bread and juice or an elaborate meal isn’t the most important thing. Instead, we are proclaiming that Jesus death matters to us personally because it was substitutionary. He died for me (in my place). By faith we accept this profound truth and live forgiven lives positionally righteous before God. Communion reminds me that though I am positionally righteous before God, I reflect on how I am practically unrighteous, and invite the Holy Spirit to transform me day by day. So that, I become more like the person God wants me to be, and who He already sees I will become! Communion. Wow! Nearly universal in the worldwide expression of Christianity. Powerful!
For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NLT
How and how often am I remembering what Jesus has done for me? What value do I place on his substitutionary death? Does my life reflect the same?
God, as this day begins- What a joy to start in my own home office with my grandson in the next room giggling and waiting for ‘papa’ to come out. As I look ahead today to the work of ministry, I am asking for Your wisdom and grace, love overflowing, so that I might be of use in Your Kingdom. As I pray for people who are hurting, I especially pray for J and R, may their marriage be strengthened with trust for one another as they navigate the very real and difficult problems of life. Bless them with unity and oneness. Lastly, Lord- I look forward to communion this Sunday remembering and proclaiming who You are in my life. I will do it faithfully until you come again.