For me it is Ethiopian food. The shared plate, the spongey bread and oh the awesome spice and flavors that bring me back to some of the best times of life. We all have meals like this don’t we? Our favorites. The one that bring comfort, that are our fuel for adventure and those that remind us of great times.
Meals are also where we connect the most with one another. Regular conversation, relaxed interaction, all over satisfying food and drink.
We are meant for meals. And in Christ, we are meant for a meal that points us both backward and forward. The Lord’s Supper.
Now there are many great articles and ideas about communion from much wiser people than I, but after spending the week in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 I am all the more convinced of the importance of the shared meal of the bread and the cup of the Lord’s Supper.
It draws us to remember Christ’s body broken for us and his blood shed to forge a new covenant of kingdom and life with us. It also looks forward to his return and the eventuality of dining with Jesus for eternity. What joy this is for us. Communion is the line from the ship of the church to our anchor, the cross of Christ.
Each time we take the bread and the cup together we proclaim Christ and reveal the way a covenant community works, in diversity united in Christ, serving one another.
This is not a meal meant to be taken alone. This is meant to highlight Jesus in community. Christian, rejoice that you have the steady reminder of Christ’s sacrifice for you, and other believers to join in the reminding. As part of the church seek others and savor the meal that points to Jesus together.