IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Communion with Christ

Communion

W. A. Criswell tells a story about the Duke of Wellington once attending a small church in England.  It was their custom to come to the front and kneel down to receive communion.  The Duke, who had just been honored as a hero in the battle of Waterloo, came forward and knelt down.

About the same time a poor ragged old man came down from the other side of the building and knelt beside the Duke.   Immediately a deacon came up behind the old man, gently placed a hand on his shoulder and quietly whispered for the man to move farther away from the Duke. Or to rise and wait until the Duke had taken communion. 

But the eagle eye and the quick ear of the great commander caught what was happening.   Immediately he clasped the old man’s hand and held him to prevent his rising.  Then in a reverential but distinct undertone, the Iron Duke said, “Don’t move; we’re all equal here.”

Communion, a word often used to refer to the Lord’s supper, is a shared experience.  For everyone.  There are no big people or little people when it comes to communion.  The reason is that communion is about Christ.  About the cross.  About our commonality with Him.

The word “communion” is translated  from the Greek word “koinonia.” It is also rendered “fellowship,”  “companion.” “partaker,” and “partner.”

In the shadow of the cross, on Passover eve, Jesus instituted the communion.  Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,   for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.   I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”  (Matt 26:26-29)

Think of those who joined in that communion service.  Fisherman.  A tax collector.  And a political zealot.  Common men. Ordinary men.  Weak men.  On Friday when Christ was crucified, one would betray him. Another would deny Him. All would forsake Him.  Men who had just engaged  in spiritual fellowship less than 24 hours earlier.

The Supper is not for perfect people.   It is for pardoned people.  People who see their own unworthiness.  Sense their own sinfulness.  And seek communion with Christ.

When we come on Sunday to take communion, our fellowship is two-fold. 

(1) We commune with Christ.  We enjoy fellowship with Him.  We are reminded of our relationship with Him.  We remember his suffering and death.  We rejoice at his resurrection. We realize our reconciliation.

Our communion has implications beyond the table.  It issues itself in action. In a lifestyle.  In a renewed commitment.  Remembering Friday’s crucifixion and celebrating Sunday resurrection results in Monday’s Christian walk.  A walk of love.  A walk in the light.  A walk in newness of life.

(2) We commune with One Another.  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?  For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. (1Cor. 10:16-17)

Together we are sharers of the spiritual blessings in Christ.  Partners in His purpose.  Companions in His Church.  As we mutually participate in the Supper, together our focus is one.  It’s on Him who broke down barriers.  Eliminated racial distinctions.  Eradicated social classes.

We enjoy a special kinship.  A oneness of heart. Of soul. Of spiritual aspirations.  Because of what Christ did on Friday there is a closeness in our Christian community. Warm Fellowship. Right Relationships. Happy Comradeship. And mutual responsibilities.

On this Friday we are reminded “all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” But we’ve  been “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 3:24-25)

On Sunday as we come to partake of communion,  may we draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith, and embrace the fellowship of our spiritual partners.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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7 responses to “IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Communion with Christ

  1. Larry Hafley

    Love the insights.  Loved the information, but I needed the sense of humility and thanksgiving that it made me feel.  Thanks.  Larry

  2. Larry

    Love man! We are in this thing together. God loves us and wants us to love Him through Christ who died for. Only His Word will save not, color, race, or stupidity that keeps us apart. Praise God in all things and His nson will set you free!

  3. Ruth Conger

    Ken, since i have a very bad back, my family constantly warns me to stop bending to pull weeds. Last week I was pulling weeds, lost my balance & fell. Didn’t break any bones, but twisted & was in extreme pain. I tell you this because it caused me to think about the cruelty and horrible thought of having nails driven through your hands & feet, thorns pushed on your head, & being beaten with a scourge. And I thought I was in pain? My human imagination cannot even conceive the pain & agony my Saviour endured. All of this suffering, plus the fact that HE was The Son of God & still HE asked for them to be forgiven!! I pray I will never forget He did this for me.

  4. Ken Green

    I don’t usually comment, but your writing is consistently superb and the content challenging, simple, and yet profound. I’m teaching a series on “Following Jesus” in the Sunday morning class and shared your great article on The Royal Baby which beautifully illustrated much of what we’ve been discussing..

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