Jesus had sent the disciples into the city to find a room to celebrate the Passover. After the place was prepared they all met for the meal, to spend time in fellowship and more teaching from their master. While they were eating, Jesus picked up the bread, blessed it and tore it. They may not have understood His words when He said “take eat, this is my body “. More instruction came when He blessed the cup, telling them of a covenant in His blood.
What are we to make of this; did bread really become His body, and did wine turn into blood? No. For our benefit, God’s word is full of metaphors. Jesus used many word pictures to help us understand His teachings. What the disciples didn’t completely see is that God’s own Passover lamb was sitting at the table with them. John the Baptist’s, “lamb who would take away the world’s sin” was helping them to make sense of what was about to happen. He was to be broken and His blood spilled out to save mankind.
This leaves us with a beautiful sacrament that 1 Cor. 11:23-26 says is to be a remembrance of the work that Jesus completed on the cross for us. This new covenant would move us from death to life, from wrath to adopted children through faith and repentance. This sacrament is a visual picture of the communion that has taken place in us with Jesus when His righteousness was placed on us. We can now live ever abiding with Him because His body and His blood covered our sin and paid the debt we owed.
When we participate in communion by faith, there is no power in the actual elements. We come to a feast at the table not to sacrifice but to enjoy Christ’s presence and move closer to abiding with Him. Rev. 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hear my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
At TJC we observe the sacrament of communion each week, cautious that it never loses its meaning. It is a picture of how important it is to remember Christ’s work of saving us and the common union that we now have with Him. All are welcomed to the table. Sitting with Jesus was one who soon denied Him and another who was a traitor. If you have placed your faith in Christ you can be a participant at the table He has prepared, not merely an on- looker. He is calling to you and knocking at the door. Will you answer? When we understand and walk daily in the gospel, the feast at the communion table ceases to be a ritual of the elements. We have the opportunity for confession, repentance and abiding in Jesus. The meal becomes very rich and satisfying as we fall deeper in love with our Savior.