I’ve met people who are repulsed by the concept of Communion; seems they want bloodless religion.
John 6:52 – The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
When our Lord said that to commemorate His redemptive work, one must eat of His body, an intellectual and emotional shock wave rolled through the crowd. It was so powerful that even His mother and brothers pulled away from Him and went back from following Him. His words were strong indeed. Still, He said them, and still, He stands by them. They are yet true to this day, and will continue to be true throughout this church age. I write NOT today to discuss or argue for or against theological terms like transubstantiation or consubstantiation. In fact, I find it difficult to understand why, except for the purpose of trying to hide some truth from the body of Christ, that such terms would need to be used.
Jesus paid the full cost of my redemption. He has redeemed me from the curse of the law, spirit, soul, and body. I belong to Him completely. He has already paid all He is ever going to pay for the redemption. He has NO desire that we go back in any way to re-live all of that through which He went, the pains He suffered, the price He paid, His separation from Father, and His war against Satan. What He DOES desire is that we remember that work and keep our minds clearly focused on His love for us, the debt we owe Him, and a mindset that is willing to obey Him in whatever He says or desires of us. He has given us His Word to make that clear, Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into the truth of that Word, angels to help keep us along the way, and the authority (exousia) and ability (dunamis) to live that life successfully.
My friend, I do not even remotely think I understand all Jesus paid for me, but this I choose to do. I choose to believe His Word. He said that when I partake of Communion, I am doing so in remembrance of Him and the work that He has done. A memory of something is NOT the thing remembered occurring again. It is just what it says; a memory. Thank God for that. What I put in my mouth is a piece of bread that should evoke the memory of what His Word declares. I was not there to see Him suffer, but I am present now for Him to live THROUGH me and me to live IN Him. It is when He lives in your remembrance that He can more clearly direct your future. Don’t complicate it. Just believe.
Manna for Today – John 6:22-59; Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24; Hebrews 9:22