“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26
I believe the last part of this verse is a neglected part of communion. Oftentimes during communion we focus only on Christ’s death and resurrection, and we don’t bring attention to His promise to return to rule and reign and redeem all of creation. Communion is also referred to as the ‘remembrance meal’. Of course during communion we are to look back and remember what Christ did for us at His first coming, but we are also to look forward and remember that He is coming again. We will not need to partake of communion forever. There will come a day when we no longer have a remembrance meal because we will be in the eternal presence of Jesus Christ Himself!
The purpose of communion is to widen our perspective. It’s to make us aware of God’s timeline. Many times the reason we are so stressed, distracted, or selfish is because we are only thinking about what we want at this moment and not about what is best for us and those around us in the scope of God’s eternal plan. This was exactly what was happening in the church in Corinth. Their communion meals were no longer a time to focus on the work of Jesus in their lives, instead they had turned into a huge party where they stuffed themselves with food and got drunk on wine. It was tragic for Paul to hear about.
That’s why Paul reminded them - and reminds us today - that every time we come together for communion we should cherish it as an opportunity to take our focus off of our present desires and ti remember God’s eternal plan. Not only did Jesus come to Earth to die and be raised from the dead, He also has promised to return and establish His peace and dwell among us. Our conduct and character should no longer be determined by our present desires, but by our eternal desire to be with our Creator and Savior.
Join us on Sunday as we open 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 and “Come Together” for a loving and unifying time of communion. God bless you all and hope to see you there!