215: Holy – Communion

In eastern cultures, past and present, an invitation to eat a meal together is not just a hospitable act of kindness, it’s a way of saying – I want to get to know you. It invites the guest into relationship, expressing both an expectation and commitment that greater intimacy and friendship will follow. Jesus invites us, His precious royal family, to dine with Him at His table.

Words for the Week

Malachi 1:14
For I am a great king.

Luke 22:4-15
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 11:23–26
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body which is for you, do this in remembrance of me”. In the same way after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Revelation 19:9
“Then the angel said to me. ‘Write: “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”’.

You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns.
1 Corinthian 11 (The Message)

Writer’s Thoughts

I recently shared a communion meal with thirty ladies. Many were strangers to me – we were a diversity of ages and backgrounds. As our voices harmonised together, praising God before we drew near to take the bread and wine, the liquid in the thimbles on the table in front of us, danced rhythmically, as though sensing our unity.

And as we shared the meal, the differences between us fell away and peace filled the room. Just as we had raised our voices in one song, in sharing the meal we joined as one body together. Our differences – in age, health and circumstance – all faded and we stood silently together on holy ground.

It reminded me of a passage I had recently read in Loren Cunningham’s book “Making Jesus Lord”. In it he describes a communion meal shared one Christmas day in one of the Nazi concentration camps. Martin Nieomuller, from the German Free Evangelical Church shared the Lord’s supper with three other Christian prisoners – a Pentecostal, a Methodist and a Salvation army man. “The men found a discarded burnt door from a bombing, which they placed on the floor for a table. Using the black bread from their daily rations and some water, they celebrated the Lord’s supper together. Nioemuller reported, “As we knelt together on that cold stone floor, our theological differences vanished.”” We approach His table – a diaspora – and leave united, his holy people.

Jesus wants us to dine with Him. He expresses to his disciples his “fervent desire” to eat the Passover meal with them the night before his death. He fervently desires our company too at his table, longing for us to come into His holy presence. But it’s also a power-filled encounter – a place of declaration. He has conferred on us a kingdom and from now on, in this divine meal, we prophetically declare his kingdom here on earth. Until He comes.

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Own it personally…

Why not plan to share communion …

  • when you next meet with your home group?
  • with your prayer partner?
  • with your friend?

Or perhaps even include communion on your own during your quiet time? (Smith Wigglesworth began taking bread and wine at 4am every day during his quiet time and noted that from then on his ministry was powerfully transformed.)

Let God hear the whisperings of your heart and express your longings for that sweet and holy intimacy He invites, as you take and eat.

Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup you are telling others about the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26  (Expanded Bible)

Speak it Out – Pray and Prophesy

You might like to use the Church of England Eucharistic Prayer as you begin….

Therefore, heavenly Father,
We remember his offering of himself
Made once for all upon the cross;
We proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
We look for the coming of your kingdom
And with this bread and this cup
We make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

And before you share the Lord’s Supper, you could play Matt Maher’s beautiful song “Remembrance” on YouTube, with its powerful images of the last supper from “The Passion of the Christ”

REMEMBRANCE

Oh, how could it be
That my God would welcome me into this mystery,
Say take this bread, take this wine,
Now the simple made divine for any to receive.

By your mercy, we come to your table
By your grace, you are making us faithful

Lord, we remember you
And remembrance leads us to worship
And as we worship you
Our worship leads to communion
We respond to your invitation, we remember you

See His Body, His Blood
Know that He has overcome every trial we will face
None too lost to be saved
None too broken or ashamed, all are welcome in this place

By your mercy, we come to your table
By your grace, you are making us faithful

Lord, we remember you
And remembrance leads us to worship
And as we worship you
Our worship leads to communion
We respond to your invitation, we remember you

Dying you destroyed our death
Rising you restored our life
Lord Jesus, come in glory

Lord Jesus, come in glory
Lord Jesus, come in glory
Lord Jesus, come in glory

Lord, we remember you
And remembrance leads us to worship
And as we worship you
Our worship leads to communion
We respond to your invitation, we remember you

The Lord’s Supper is a demonstration of the “here and now” – of the Kingdom of God in our midst.
KV Mathew

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