The concept of Communion is fascinating. The bible tells us—even commands us—to do this… Eat bread and drink wine (whether fermented or “unfermented”). Like baptism, whereby we stand waist deep in water, hold another person by the head, and summarily hold his or her head under water for a few seconds, it feels—well, on the surface—a little absurd.
But, like baptism, there is something deeper. We live in a day and age where there is not much belief in the supernatural—that which we cannot touch or materially feel—out of discussion on pop culture except regarding popular works of fiction. And there is not much tendency toward assigning credibility to a person who relies upon an invisible God and His moral code for a decision.
And yet we stand, lifting our hands up to to the ceiling, because we believe in our hearts that without a doubt the God of the Bible is real…and that he DESIRES to hear our praise of Him. We believe he is real. We believe that God Himself chose to enter into his creation in the form of a man with the sole purpose of redeeming it—buying it back, if you will—as the only one with the capability of dealing with the issue of our sin.
Have we committed the great 21st Century error? Have we shrugged off true enlightenment? Or have we embraced the fact that NO amount rationalization can take away the fact that God is real; that he wants fellowship with us, and that this fellowship involves a mysticism and spirituality that just can’t be answered by modern scholarship or rationale, by technology or biology? It is mystical because it just can not be measured—but it is no less real.
And how could you measure Communion? 2 ounces of wine or juice in a plastic cup + 1 cracker? I don’t mean the bread and the wine—Communion, in that sense, is not meant to be an object, but rather a state of being. When we sit in church and partake of Communion, we are not meant to take part in a ceremony or ritual. No! We are, through this action, communing, fellowshipping, with God. In fact, communion and fellowship are both translated from the same word—KOINONIA. In the same way in which we are able to fellowship and interact with each other, we are able to interact with Holy God.
Jesus asked us specifically to join with him in this. To “do this in remembrance of me”—literally, “be thinking of me while you are doing this, because it is WITH me you are doing this!”
And there is no closer state to him that we can be when we dwell upon the work he did on the cross. Not because we want to focus on a dead Jesus, but because through his death, we had our sins removed. We will drink of the cup, a symbol of his life, poured out. But more than just a symbol of his torture. Look at Hebrews 9, verses 11-12:
So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that great, perfect sanctuary in heaven, not made by human hands and not part of this created world. Once for all time he took blood into that Most Holy Place, but not the blood of goats and calves. He took his own blood, and with it he secured our salvation forever.
We will eat the bread, not just for his broken body, but because he GAVE his body for us. So in this intimate moment of communion, we can place ourselves where we belonged in the first place: on the cross, separated from God, dying for our sins…but we are there because HE was there, and being in fellowship with him, he did the work we could not do.
This is the mysticism of communion. This can not be measured…it is not scientific. But it is nonetheless REAL. More real, and more everlasting, than the very bread and wine we will use as a vehicle to engage in communion with our Father in Heaven!