Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?

1 Corinthians 10:16

Last Sunday we took communion together. There are many aspects and angles to the drinking of the fruit of the vine and the eating of bread in memory of Christ.

For instance, we look upward to God the Father, who promised salvation and delivered through His Son. We look backwards to Christ’s work on the cross and the achievement of salvation and blessing on our behalf. We look inward to see how unworthy we were but also how God’s Spirit is at work in us through Christ. And of course, we look forward to the hope of Christ’s return and the feast that awaits in eternal life. 

In all of these perspectives. We give thanks. As we drink the cup and eat the bread. We salute Christ in thanksgiving, that we have any angle at all is entirely God’s grace to us in Christ.

For Today:
  • Which of these perspectives most resonates with you?
  • Do you find communion a helpful reminder of God’s grace? Why/why not?
  • How could you give thanks today?

  • Give thanks for the Father who allows us to participate in Christ. 
  • Give thanks for Jesus who shed His blood and whose body was broken on our behalf. 
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you see the significance of communion and to participate in joy.

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