When saints commune with Christ a marvelously wonderful scene unfolds. As a fine-cut diamond has many facets and is beautiful to behold from any angle, so also, the Lord’s Supper, which is a multi-faceted aspect of Christian worship, dazzles the spiritual senses of the believer. Let’s spend a couple of moments taking a few quick glances at some of the fascinating facets of this sacred supper.
In 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 we read, “Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” Thus, the Holy Spirit reveals that participation in the Lord’s Supper is an occasion for both declaring and celebrating our oneness with all believers.
Through the eye of faith, we see Jesus’ sinless body crucified on the cross—an innocent victim paying a debt He did not owe. We shudder as we contemplate the scene. Jesus, beaten and bruised, is nailed to a cross. We agonize at the thought of streams of blood flowing from His thorn pierced brow. When, through our mind’s eye, we see the spear tear through the flesh of His side; there is an emotional tidal wave which wells up inside. Thus, when saints commune, we do so, as Jesus instructed, in remembrance of Him. (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:24-25)
Though there are no words spoken, except prayers of gratitude, saints make a mighty proclamation in communion. Paul’s inspired words to the Corinthians were: “Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:26) The message is clear! Indeed, our Lord Jesus died for our sins and shed His blood for the new covenant. This we remember full well. But, the Christ who died and was buried in a tomb was also resurrected on the third day. He is alive! Thus, each time we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we proclaim not only His death, but, also, His resurrection. Praise the Lord! He is coming again!
As much as communion is a time for considering these things, it is also an occasion for introspection. We are behooved to examine our own lives in light of the extreme sacrifice, which Jesus Christ made for each of us. The Word of God is very specific in this regard. In 1 Corinthians 11:28-29, we read the following: “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.” When Christians commune, we should each ask ourselves penetrating questions such as:
— Since God loves me so much, how am I showing my love for Him in return?
— Since Christ has done so much for me, how am I lovingly serving Him in response to all He has done?
— Considering that His sacrifice was for my sins, am I living in such a way as to honor Him for the price He paid for my freedom?
So much more could be said. Hopefully these thoughts are sufficient for the purpose at hand. Truly, the moments we spend surrounding the Lord’s Table in memory of Him are of monumental significance for God’s holy people. For, when saints commune, we’re standing on holy ground in the presence of our Great Redeemer!
© Bill Williams
December 4, 2006