Sunday’s Message

April 7, 2009

Last week Stan asked me if we could put together a special morning focused on Communion.  If you’d like to take a listen here is the study I taught taking a deeper look at Communion.

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Communion

September 24, 2008

As I lay in bed this morning listening to my son around 3:45 am (playing the ever-popular listening game called “Pacifier or No Pacifier”), I began thinking over my most recent time of devotions.  Over the past two weeks I’ve been reading and meditating on the book of Mark (read some of my studies on the book at studywithme.wordpress.com) .  Last night my thoughts took me especially to the Passover scene in Mark 14:22-26 where Jesus redefines the event toward the new Covenant in his flesh.

communionMost of the time Communion exists as a time for me to think about what Jesus has done for me and to reflect on his work on the cross.  Essentially the time is said to be for me, as an individual, to think about my personal relationship with Jesus, and unless I have missed something over the years, it mostly has to do with the past, maybe working its way up to the present (as in, how am I continuing to live in the present in light of Jesus past work).

Going back over Mark’s telling, I couldn’t help but think, “The Lord’s Supper wasn’t about remembrance!  It was about things yet to come!”  In Mark 14:22-26 when Jesus breaks the bread and passes the wine (or grape juice…) he is not thinking back to his death, but looking forward to his victory–a practice we took should adopt.  Yes, remembering Jesus death is important (just read Deuteronomy if you want to hear about the importance of remembering!), but more than that, the Lord’s Supper is to be an audacious looking forward to the things that have yet to be realized.  Jesus administered communion in defiance of the present reign of sin and death, and in anticipation for the victory that was to be won.

As people living after the cross we eat the bread and drink the cup not only in remembrance, but in hopeful celebration of the coming return of our King! So Paul is able to say that by partaking of Communion we “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (I Cor 11:26) when the ultimate realization of the victory that was initiated on the cross is finally made reality!

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