“This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Matthew 18:17)
What hits you the most when you share bread and wine with other brothers and sisters? For a long time, I have only associated communion with the forgiveness of sins, since it remind us to how He broke His body and shed His blood for us.
Nevertheless, Christ’s death and resurrection belongs to the bigger picture of our union with Christ. As we partake of the same bread, of the same wine, of the same Christ, we should be reminded that His death and resurrection are not only for our individual salvation but our union with Christ and other saints. “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:5) Union is in fact the word that I have been neglecting concerning communion all these years. We are active participants in this union, “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Cor 10:16)
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. ” (John 17:20-23).
“…so that they may be brought to complete unity.” He came not just to redeem us individually, but to unite us as one in Him. Let’s us celebrate this union whenever we partake of communion.