'...This is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' 1 Corinthians 11:24 NKJ
Whatever your church calls the distribution of bread ‘n’ wine, it is an amazing piece of what makes up following Jesus. Not only did Jesus say to do it in ‘remembrance’ of Him, but we’re somehow also meeting Jesus in that act of eating ‘bread’ (or wafers) and drinking ‘wine’ (or juice). We’re suddenly face to face with Jesus. In fact, when He started this bread and wine meal off with His disciples, He was echoing an ancient ‘covenant’ ritual, where two people exchanged everything they had, including their names. They even mingled blood, before sharing bread & wine together. When they did this, it was considered that the two of them were as one person. Deep stuff.
Flash forward to today: that bread and wine you take? That’s a moment to remember what Jesus has done for you, to remember who He is (not was), to remember that He came after you on a rescue mission of love whilst you were still far off. But it’s more than that too. It’s your half of the covenant ritual. In taking bread & wine (and asking the Holy Spirit to meet you in it), you’re becoming one with Jesus. Yep. The two of you are considered as one person.
You exchange what you have for what He has. Your mess actually becomes His. His righteousness actually becomes yours. Communion is, quite simply, amazing.
SoulFood: Gen 13-16, Jn 13:18-30, Ps 114, Prov 31:1-5
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd