Communion Gathering

August 27, 2021

Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Corinthians 11

Communion blossoms from the words of Jesus. A key leader adds color to the adapted Passover evening. Adding to our understanding he writes, For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me’” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25).

To disciples who celebrate Christ’s model our brother Paul continues with a serious caution. “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:26-27). These are blessed and ominous words.

Participating in “the Lord’s Supper,” has the potential to be a heavenly authorized, joyous proclamation. Conversely it might not be a radiant flower in the Garden of God, but a hidden and poisonous resin. The difference resides not in the bread and cup, but within a disciple’s soul. 

Reflection 

Some disciples share Communion every week. Other groups offer Communion once a month, once a quarter or at special events. Throughout many ranges of faith there is not a consistent pattern of observance. 

Communion can be an event of wonder and majesty; but then, communion could also poison our souls. Strong words of caution: “For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves”(1 Corinthians 11:29). 

Life Applications

When do you find Communion to be meaningful?

Do you believe Communion helps you?

This post was challenging to assemble into a passable form. Any comments or suggestions you care to provide are most welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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