Wednesday Word 6.05.2019
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 …The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 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.” 25 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.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
There are just a handful of things that human beings must have to survive. Although some folks might think of their cell phones first, that isn’t the kind of need I mean. I am talking about need at the cellular, most basic level. We must have oxygen to release the energy carried throughout our bodies via our bloodstream. That life-sustaining energy comes from the food we eat and the liquids we drink.
I believe that Jesus used the symbolism of the food and drink that keeps us alive in this world to represent his promise of life everlasting in the next. His sacrifice also makes this earthly life worth living. With these words and these gestures, Jesus connected the everyday action of eating and drinking with his incredible gift to us. We are meant to remember that the very body and lifeblood of the Son of God was given to bring us life, just as these everyday substances keep us going.
The human body may be able to exist with oxygen, food, and water, but I believe there is one more essential component. In order to thrive, we must have love. The commemoration that we have come to call Communion is the celebration of the infinite unconditional love that God has for every one of us. We are called to remember just how much we are loved. Every time we sustain our bodies with food and drink, we should also remember to nourish our souls with the never ending love of God…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki