Communion Meditation

Communion Meditation: Being Changed

In Perelandra, C.S. Lewis’s protagonist says of his friend Ransom, who has recently returned from another planet, “A Man who has been in another world does not come back unchanged.” If we think of the glory of heaven where Christ is presently at the right of the Father and if we acknowledge that we are a people who have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, we will be changed. We were in one world, and now we are a part of a new world. If we come this realization, we will “no longer fill our stomachs with stale leftovers and scraps fallen to a dirty kitchen floor. We will smell the banquet being prepared for us. We won’t spoil our appetites with food from the table of fools. We know what our mouths are watering for.”[1] We know today that God gives us more that we can ask or think, and we are being changed more and more as we feast with this abundant God in the kingdom of light.

[1] Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspectives, 181.

Communion Meditation: Wisdom in the Flesh

Brothers and sisters, this table is for the wise. But wisdom is not defined by a university professor, but by our Lord. Jesus gives wisdom without regard to status and age. He gives wisdom to little infants, and to all who seek him. “Seek wisdom, and you shall find it,” is the promise of Solomon. Solomon is not just some random wise king in history, he is in fact a picture of the greater Solomon. Solomon’s wisdom points us to the wisdom of Jesus who did not count himself to be wise in the eyes of the world, but who became wisdom in the flesh.

Communion Meditation: Finding Favor with God and Man

Brothers and sisters, by eating and drinking together we are finding favor with God and man. With God, because we are not rejecting the manna sent from heaven. With man, because we are eating with another, which implies a communion. When we eat and drink together we are not just a part of a meal, we are part of one another. This also implies that we are at peace with one another; that we have been reconciled with one another, and that we are cleansed by the same God who feeds us.

Communion Meditation: Eating Wisdom

Brothers and sisters, in the sermon I spoke of the necessity of wisdom as a way of life. Wisdom entails good habits. One of our habits is to eat together, because food unites us around one common purpose. As we eat and drink, we are seeking wisdom from God Himself who gives us freely all things to enjoy.

Communion Meditation: Eating and Drinking the Gospel

Brothers and sisters, God is among us as we eat and drink with His beloved Son. The gospel was heard and now the gospel is eaten and drunk! Herein is truth, that Christ has provided eternal food and drink for his people so they may never hunger or thirst. We, who have already fallen on our faces before God and worship Him now feast with Him. We who have died with Christ have also been raised with Him. So this meal is for the church, but it is a prophetic meal to the world also. When we eat we say to the unbelieving world that only here can you find the Christ who satisfies your hunger and when we drink we say that only here can you find the Christ who satisfies your thirst. So let us eat and drink for our sakes and for the sake of the world. Amen.

Communion Meditation: Food as Proof of God’s Love

Note: Incidentally, this is also a subtle proof for weekly communion.

Food reveals the nature of God. God is a God of abundance. He is a provider. But food also reveals the nature of man. Even the smallest infant knows instinctively that food is life, and the creation account shows that even unfallen Adam had to eat. The Lord’s Table is a continual reminder that we are a needy people. Were we not needy, God would rarely if ever provide this table for us, but since we are needy, He provides it weekly, and we partake of it gladly.

{For further study, see Leithart’s article Love Made Food in Blessed are the Hungry}

Communion Meditation: Resurrection Food

This new Narnia is more real than Narnia itself. We may be human now, but at the resurrection we will be fully human. The Lord’s Supper is practice for full humanity. We are eating bread and wine given to us by a resurrected Lord. This is part of the abundant life he has given us, that we should partake even in our corruptible body of heavenly food. Come, let us dine!

Communion Meditation: Give us, Our Daily Grace

“We believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting, Amen.” This is our Creed. In eating and drinking with one another we are affirming that we all believe that same promise. We are affirming that full resurrection is promised. But we also affirming that our weak bodies need food. We are affirming that a body without grace is an incomplete body. Therefore, God brings us to taste of his means of grace, and he does it through the act of eating and drinking: the most common of our daily activities. He does this so we may always be reminded that just as food is a daily necessity, so too is the grace of God a daily necessity. Come, and dine in the heavenly places.

Communion Meditation: Dining for Eternity

We are what we eat. If we eat well in this world, we can expect to eat well in the New Heavens and Earth. I speak, of course, of the bread and wine that our Lord gives. When we eat and drink we are practicing for how we are to eat and drink for all eternity. Our Lord gives us a Table for Kings and Queens, and He opens the doors of a feast hall where we dine and share in His peace. Let us prepare ourselves for eternity as we dine with our Lord.

Communion Meditation: The One and the Many

This Trinitarian life is given for us in many ways. The God who is Three and One gives us Bread and Wine in the midst of the congregation. The Oneness of this body is joined with the Many bodies worldwide forming the glorious body of Christ.

As we eat and drink, remember our oneness in Christ, but also remember our diversity. We are not robots made the same way with the same personalities, rather we are image-bearers, or better, worshiping humanity, made differently, but exalting as One the One who is One and Three.