You have a body. God made, loves and is redeeming it in Christ. In the sacraments, our bodies participate in Christ’s redemption for us at the cross and in the resurrection. In the sacraments, our bodies participate in our union with Christ by faith. In the Lord’s Supper, Christ himself communes with us, body and soul, by His Spirit.
1. God Communes with His People
Deep down, we all have a longing for the divine. In Christ, God offers to satisfy that deepest longing. The Bible is a story of God’s desire to commune with his people. And he brings that communion to fruition in Christ, and offers Christ himself to us in the Lord’s Supper.
2. Communion Unites Us to Christ
Jesus sacrificed his flesh and blood at the cross. He gave himself for us all. And when we receive his body and blood in the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper, we receive HIM. We eat and drink by faith, and it’s by faith that we are united to him, that we abide in him: “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:56).
3. Communion Makes Us Christ’s Body on Earth
The important transformation taking place in the Lord’s Supper is not in the bread and wine themselves. The important transformation taking place in the Lord’s Supper is in us, the people of God. God saves us soul and body so that we can put him on display for all the world to see (1 Cor. 10:16-17). We express our union with Christ AND with one another when we share the Lord’s Supper.
Reflection & Application Questions
Do you think of your body theologically? What would change about the way you see your physical nature if you did?
What do you desire most in life? What would happen if you got it?
How could Christ’s offer to us as the Bread of Life (John 6:35) fulfill our deepest longings?
What does it tell you about God that he desires to commune with us?
Why isn’t communion like a magic diet pill that stops us from every feeling spiritually hungry again? What is communion like?
Do you believe Christ meets you in the Lord’s Supper (John 6:53-58)? What makes this difficult to believe?
Why is reconciliation in our relationships such an important aspect of the Lord’s Supper? Are there people in your life you need to reconcile with before you take it again?