Lent Devotions: Day 32
Read: Isaiah 53
Communing with Christ and Each Other
He poured out himself to death (v. 12)
I believe the most beautiful scene I regularly lay my eyes on is the people of God gathered around a communion table.
The sacrament has meant many things during my life. When I was young I believed the bread and wine were a magical means of salvation; during high school they were only cooked dough and fermented grapes. However, as I have matured I have come to understand that the loaf and cup are the gifts of God for the people of God.
The liturgy says the Lord’s Supper is a feast of remembrance, communion and hope. As we eat and drink we remember the sacrifice of suffering made by Jesus on the cross for the sin of the whole world. But we also are communing in the present tense with God through the elements that nourish our faith and become a visible display of the unity we have with one another in Jesus Christ. And we look forward—we experience a foretaste of the togetherness, peace, and blessing we will enjoy when Jesus comes again and we see him face to face.
We cannot see God, but we know he lives and reigns by his Spirit. Likewise, we are drawn to the communion table by the same Spirit. We grow closer to God and to each other as we share the elements of bread and wine. —Garret Szantner
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us eyes to see and hearts to receive you every time we gather around your table.