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Communion 2009

Eucharist

Originally scheduled for May 17

One word for the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is “Eucharist.” It is not in common use in evangelical churches, but remains with the liturgical churches. The word itself was in more common use in prior centuries; the changes in the English language have confined it to particular churches.

The word itself, however, comes from the earliest days of the church. Much of the early church outside Jerusalem spoke Greek. In that language, the word used for what we might call Communion was eucharistia – which means, simply, “thanksgiving.”

 

Have you ever thought of the Lord’s Supper as a time of thanksgiving? We can certainly see it that way in our own personal lives; I have much to be thankful for.

I am thankful, first, for my salvation. That Christ died for one as yet unborn – me – is something to be thankful for indeed.

But he did not give me just one chance at salvation. No, when I sin (as all of us do) he is faithful and just to forgive my sin as I repent. Such patience!

I am thankful, too, that by his sacrifice he broke down the wall between me and God the Father. He is the peace that allows me to approach God Almighty and call him “Father.”

 

We as a church have reason to be thankful too. Among many other things, we should be thankful for:

By his sacrifice he has established the church – Christianity is not a solo flight!

By the example of his suffering we are prepared to suffer; by the example of his death we are prepared for martyrdom. Who can say that it will not happen to us?

By his word we know that we celebrate this meal “until he comes again.” We are thankful that we know of his sure and certain return.

 

As you meditate upon the Lord’s Supper, remember: Give thanks. He did this for us.

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