Outsiders watching Christians take part in the Lord’s Supper over and over might feel sorry for us. We take a tiny piece of bread and a tiny sip of juice and remember someone who had a real meal with his friends a long time ago. It might seem foolish or sad that we keep doing this. “Jesus is gone,” they might say. “Move on.”
But they don’t know what we know. We know that when Jesus left, he promised he would never leave. It’s a strange truth, but it’s what he said. Although he stopped walking around in a human body on the earth, he promised he’d start walking around in many human bodies—ours.
Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. . . . you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16-18).
And so as we take part in this meal, remembering his life on this earth and the friends who lived and ate with him, we remember not only a past life and past times of fellowship, we also celebrate the ongoing life of that same presence of God that was in Jesus.
We remember that his Spirit is alive in us today, his people, his church. We don’t have to beg him to be close—he’s right here. And he’s not just beside us, he’s also living in us, guiding and comforting and teaching and equipping and reminding us of God’s love and presence.
Even as we remember something that he did and said a long time ago, we know he is with us here. Because of his death and resurrection, Jesus is able to be present with us now.
Thank you, God, for coming in the body of Jesus and raising that body from the dead. And thank you for indwelling ordinary people like us in ordinary bodies like ours so that we might become more and more like Jesus every day.
First Corinthians 11:26 says: “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
So simply by taking this bread and juice today, we remember and retell the story of Jesus’ death, every time, over and over again. We keep telling the story as we eat the bread and as we sip the juice. We tell it to ourselves as we taste it and we tell it to each other as we do it together. Christians have been doing this for thousands of years, and Christians will do this after we’re gone.
SPIRITUAL POST-IT NOTES - Communion Meditation
He forgot . . . and twice in one week. First, he forgot to arrange transportation to a doctor’s appointment. Then, while at the appointment, he forgot to regather all his possessions before leaving. Neither incident was a big deal, but it did take time to sort things out, and it did cause inconvenience and frustration.
Talking with God
One day while tending his sheep, Moses spotted a burning bush. It was a curious sight because as the fire blazed, the bush was not consumed.
Moses walked over to the bush, and the voice of the Lord called from within:
"Here I am," he replied.
"Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."
Moses was afraid.
God then had a conversation with Moses and shared His plan to rescue the Israelites from Egyptian enslavement.
"So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."
I've never audibly heard God's voice, and I would guess most of us have not.
But God still speaks today often in a still, small voice.
So how do we hear God's voice?
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