Have you wondered about the mystery of communion? How is it that Christ joins us at the table? It doesn’t make sense to our human understanding.
We can only understand it as we come to fully know deep within our hearts that Jesus lives today. We may call it faith. But it also comes from experiencing the presence of God in our lives.
Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, Communion, the Eucharist when He ate His last supper with His apostles. He tells us the bread is His body and the wine is His blood. Let’s not be confused. Jesus did not mean the bread nor wine were transformed into His literal body or blood. After all, He had not yet been crucified.
However, the bread and wine He used were part of the daily sustenance of the Jews. They understood the meaning of what Jesus was saying. Our bodies require solid food and drink to be sustained in this life. Jesus is our sustenance for eternal life.
Through His willing sacrifice, He has provided us with the hope of eternal life with Him. Not just any hope, but a hope that is confident in it being fulfilled. A hope in His promises.
When we participate in the Lord’s Supper, Jesus is our host. He is present with us though unseen. His Spirit fills us during this time of divine interaction. The reasons He can be with us as our host is He is alive today!
I pray we all view communing with Jesus around the table as an exercise of our hope in Him. I pray we view the Lord’s Supper as an opportunity to participate in a divine meal with our Lord. I pray each one of us desires to receive the Lord’s Supper as often as we can. Desire communing with the Lord. Obey Jesus’ command. Jesus is alive. He is our host. Accept His divine gift.
Matthew 26:26-28 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”