Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Communion

Last Sunday was Communion Sunday at my church. And something struck me as odd. At Communion time -- from the singing of the communion hymn to the prayer after communion -- it seemed as though nearly everyone participating, from the servers to the congregation, had this look about them as though they were about to be led to a slaughterhouse. Don't get me wrong ... I'm not saying that Communion is not a time of contemplation or reflection of what Jesus did for us ... but let's take a look at the bigger picture here.

Worship is a celebration. Communion is a part of that celebration. It's truly an amazing thing what Jesus did for us in his death and resurrection. The Lamb of God (Jesus) was sacrificed (freely given) as an atonement (payment) for our sins.

We all have sinned and fallen short of the perfection that God had in mind for us when Adam was first created. The penalty for our sins is death ... being cut-off from spiritual life (community) with God. Can you imagine how much that grieves him? Imagine your own child being taken from you, and being held captive with no hope of her being released ... a lifetime of bondage because of her wrongdoing.

But God is merciful ... He provides us with a way to be reunited with him. In the OT days, an unblemished lamb was slaughtered and its blood was poured out as an atonement for our sins against God. At the first Passover, a lamb was killed, and its blood was smeared on the doorposts of the homes of the Israelites, thus sparing their children from death, and later allowing freedom from the bonds of slavery in Egypt.

Centuries later, at that historic Passover supper that we know as The Last Supper, Jesus freely offered himself as the Lamb of God that would be sacrificed for OUR liberation from the bonds of slavery to sin. By believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and smearing the blood of the Lamb of God on the doorposts of our hearts, Jesus saves us from having to pay the penalty of sin (death) ourselves, setting us free to be in community with God once again!

So, why are members so downhearted during communion? For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. And he is coming back...He said so.

3 comments:

Rashmi said...

Hi! Its a deeply heart felt n lucid write up. I cud feel your surprise n anxiety. Life is based on duality. Fear and love constantly challenge us and we decide the course of our lives, character and destiny each time we make a choice. Love elevates us, fear forces us down. There is a lot of symbology in your messag enad we may have to meditate on it in order to realise it to the full...It is profound and sacred iwth deep implications, simple but deep...Thanks g=for th ebautiful write up! I have always admired questioning minds. :)

Valerie said...

When I think of communion I remember my first experience as a Catholic. It was a very serious, somber time of reflecting on Jesus' death. The good news; as a child of God, Sister to Christ and host to the Holy Spirit, I rest in knowing that God loves me as I am. He gave me gifts of joy and laughter. I know God is hoping that we learn to REJOICE in him. Make joyful noises, Dance the Dance of the Lord! I agree that we should celebrate his coming instead of morning his death. His death is what saves us from ouselves. This brings me peace. (You truly have a gift of writing God's word love!)

Chappy said...

Thanks for the comment on my post. I read yours and was blessed by it! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Amazing how the Holy Spirit directs us, eh?