|Posted on April 4, 2020 at 8:05 AM|
Typically, this is the Sunday we would be sharing the sacrament of Communion together. Communion is an intimate connection. The Latin root of the word means “fellowship, mutual participation, or sharing.” So, it seems like it might be hard to do while we’re “social distancing.” But really, the communion is not with one another, but with God.
We know that the sacrament of Communion is just a symbol – acknowledging the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for us. On the night before He was betrayed, Jesus shared His request that we remember it forever. Luke 22 says when “Christ had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples saying “This is My body which is given for you, do this in remembrance of Me.”
Later, when Paul was teaching the bickering church at Corinth, he reminded them of this sacrifice. The Corinthian believers were behaving in immature ways, with one foot in the sanctuary and one foot in the pagan world around them. He warned them of practicing Communion as a ritual that had no meaning, striving to help bring them back to a place where God was first.
Paul says “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you… on the same night Jesus was betrayed He took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me’.”
Paul warned the Church to examine themselves before receiving Communion. To take it with all seriousness, letting go of unforgiveness for others and asking God to forgive them of any sin in their own lives. That’s not to say that the act of Communion will wipe away our sins, but it is an opportunity to refresh our lives and recommit to that very intimacy that we need, and that God craves.
Our world is going through a great upheaval right now. It’s easy to focus on what’s going wrong and forget Who can make it right. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If My people (that means you and me), who are called by My name (by birthright or adoption), will humbles themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
I don’t believe this pandemic is a punishment from God, but I do believe He will use this opportunity to remind us to level-set. We have more opportunity than most of us can remember to spend time in the Word, to fellowship (at a safe distance) with our family and friends, and to pray in unity for God’s hand over our Nation and our world.
On this first Sabbath of April, the month when we also celebrate and honor Jesus for His great sacrifice on the cross, let’s take a moment to break bread together and remember what He did for us. You don’t have to be in a church sanctuary to take Communion. Get a piece of bread, and small bit of juice (or even water), hold them up to the heavens and say “thank you, God, for sending Your Son. Thank You, Jesus, for Your great sacrifice to make me blameless. Forgive me of my trespasses, as I will forgive those who have trespassed against me. I remember.”
Be blessed my friend. God is on the throne!