Communion Meditation

Communion Meditation: Wash Yourselves and Eat with Jesus!

We celebrate today the baptism of Jesus, because all the events in the life of Jesus are significant to our own lives. The baptism of Christ is that initial moment where he presents himself to the world as the God/Man sent with a divine mission to accomplish the Father’s will.

Baptism is not optional. If the Son of Man was baptized, if the Son of Man, who in Luther’s words “is holier than the waters of baptism” needed to be baptized, so too God calls us to submit ourselves to this act.

Baptism gives us access to the table. Baptism means you are clean to come to Jesus’ Table.  Baptism is God the Father saying: “Children, wash yourselves, so you can eat with my Son, Jesus Christ.”

Those washed in baptism in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, from whatever Christian tradition, baptized through immersion, sprinkling, or pouring, are welcome to this table. This is not Providence’s table, this is the Lord’s Table, and so it belongs to those marked with His name in baptism. Come and eat with our Lord.

Communion Meditation: Washing

The desirable effect of purification is to make us more valuable, more Christ-like. God comes to us this morning as a washer and refiner. He possesses all the ingredients to make us clean, and He has done so by His mercy and love.

It is the goodness of God that would dare provide us with anything at all. But this is the God we worship: a God who refines, washes, and makes whole.

This table is for those who have experienced the glories of a true washing. This table is for those who have been baptized by the waters of baptism and sanctified by the continual refining of God the Father through the Son, and by the Holy Spirit.

Communion Meditation: Manna from Heaven

This marks the end of the Pentecost Season, and thus the end of the church calendar. The Psalmist says that “In God we have boasted continually,

and we will give thanks to His name forever.” This is a day to boast in the God we serve. We boast in Him for who He is, what He has done, and we give thanks because God never ceases to display His abundant love to His children. We are participants in this great thanksgiving agenda. Every time we sit and eat and drink together we are demonstrating to the world that we have abandoned a life of selfishness and pride, and thanksgiving now forms us a people.

The table of our Lord is a table of finality. The table is the final act before God commissions us into the world to serve our Risen Lord. And so as we come to the end of the Church Year, let us respond with thanksgiving, for God has led us through this journey of exile and deliverance, and now He will lead us to the expectation of the Manna who will come from heaven to be given and broken for us.

Reformation Communion Meditation: A Table of Blessing

The Reformation got rid of the mysticism that surrounded the Lord’s Table. This table is a table of faith: young and old belong at this table. The God the Reformers believed was not a miserly God, He was an abundant God. This God did not give a stone when His children asked for bread. He did not give water to the wedding guests, He gave the best wine. The God the Reformers believed loved to shower His children with blessings. This table is a blessing to us baptized and forgiven by the God who is Three and One.

Communion Meditation: Nurtured by Christ to Nurture the World

The Lord of all glory gives us of Himself that we might be nurtured. He nurtures us that we might perpetuate His example of selfless giving and nurture the world. At this table we are reminded and exhorted to serve one another just as we have been served by Christ. This table is the giving of the Son for a holy people: a people made holy by the One who is altogether Holy. We do not weep at the table of a dead Savior, but we rejoice in the presence of an Exalted Lord. Let us rejoice as we dine with our Lord.

Communion Meditation: Fed at the Table

God is the author of history, so He directs history in his good pleasure. He places redeemed men and women in His world to walk accordingly. He demands that we exercise a faithful presence. And to prepare us to walk worthily of His calling, He feeds us at His Table. The mouths of infants who proclaim his praise, as David says, are mouths that need to be fed. The mouths of men and women who sing and declare his glory are mouths that need to be fed. If you are baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit you are called this morning to be fed by the Lord who endured all things for our sake.

Communion Meditation: A Table for the Humble

This meal is a humbling meal for the people of God. It strikes at the very root of human pride. After all, God does not give us crumbs, but the very best of his children.

In this memorial, we are reminded of the sacrifice of our Lord for us, and God is reminded of His promises to us through His Son; the promise to nurture us every time we meet as a body of worshippers.

The Table humbles sinners. The Table instructs the humble by gracing them through this means. Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God, died and rose again for our justification that we should be seated at this table together with other justified saints, humbled by the cross, and exalted by the resurrection.

Communion Meditation: Exuberant Joy

Feasting is for Joy,” Solomon says. The message is then that this holy feast, the greatest of all Christian feasts, is a feast where joy ought to be prominent. This is what we are called to do. For those of you who are visiting, you are going to see and hear us enjoy each other’s company and greet each other, and this should be a testimony to you that God delights in the joy of his children. Those who are forgiven are forgiven to rejoice in that forgiveness. What we do together in this meal is marked by an exuberant joy; a joy given by Our Host, Jesus Christ.

Exhortation: The Meal of Friends

Friendship with God means a place at his table. A good friend shares his best. But not only does a friend share the best of his food, but also his company is pleasing to all. He speaks with his friends. He smiles and cherishes their presence. At this table, we are renewing covenant with one another and with our Covenant host, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are stating to the world that friendship with the Son of God entails responsibilities, but also an abundant joy. We are declaring to one another that this body is grounded in love, and in sharing this meal together we are renewing that communal love once more. So, come and taste of the friendship of our Lord.

Exhortation: Blessed are the Hungry

Human history begins in hunger, and hunger—whether for bread or for land or for glory or for God—motivates much of human history. Hunger is a sign of our radical dependence. This is why Jesus says: “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.” What are we hungry for? The Bible calls us to hunger after righteousness, after the One who is Righteous. Jesus calls us today, for He knows and we must know that we are dependent on the food He gives us at His table.[1]

[1] See Leithart, Blessed are the Hungry, 147