Communion (or the Lord’s Supper)

On Sunday at CrossWay we celebrated Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist (if you’re from a really fancy church!).

We looked at how there are many normal situations in which people don’t connect with each other–they don’t even talk.  For instance, the common etiquette on an elevator requires that you stare straight ahead and don’t talk.  Weird, but that’s how it is.  But if that elevator were to get stuck for an hour, you can be pretty sure there’d be a lot of getting to know each other.  Whenever things break down and normal experiences become unusual experiences that we share with other people, we connect with others and build a common bond with them.

In a similar way, the broken body of Christ brings His followers together through shared experiences.  By trusting in His work on the cross for us, believing that He died personally for our sins, we share in the experience of Jesus’ crucifixion.  We share in His resurrection by placing our hope in the eternal life He promises to those who place their faith in Him.  Jesus sends His followers out on the same mission He began–another common, shared experience that brings us together.  And when we participate in the local church, the family of God, the body of Christ–we share in a common experience as we build connections and relationships with other Christ followers.

Matthew 26:26-29 tells us about the origins of the Christian ordinance we know as the Lord’s Supper by recounting what we know as the Last Supper.  On His last night with His friends before He was killed, Jesus told them to remember His body broken for them and His blood shed for them.  The opposite of “remember” is not merely “to forget”; the opposite of “remember” can also be “dismember.”  The body of Christ has been dismembered, but we can re-member it by sharing in these experiences of crucifixion, resurrection, mission, and church.

We remember all these things, and re-member the broken body of Christ, through the reflection and celebration of Communion, which is another shared experience that ties together all these other shared experiences.  In taking Communion together, we connect with one another and unite with God and with other believers.

Published in: on December 11, 2007 at 6:22 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. You got me thinking about how we really do enter into conversations with total strangers in moments of brokenness. Somehow, connecting with others suddenly becomes super easy. A car accident, a major surgery, death of a love one, etc. It like we have walls up that come crashing down in the midst of brokenness.

    And that got me thinking. If only we only we could see the broken and wretched we are continually in then we would see more “connecting” going on in our life.

  2. Sorry about the spelling errors. Good grief I hope that made sense. Time for bed!

  3. Haha…yeah, it made a lot of sense. Good thoughts! I hadn’t thought of that–it’s easy to see the obvious brokenness around us, but not always so easy to see the woman behind us in line at Wal-Mart who just found out her kid is using drugs; or the man next to us at the bus stop who just lost his job… and so on.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking comment!

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