And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
Recently, my eyes have been opened to a glorious truth about the Eucharist, the Communion table, and what that means for everyone, everywhere. Jesus came to reconcile all back to the Father. His reconciling work is a work that sets out to sanctify, to set apart, and to make holy, all of life and everyone in it. 1 Corinthians 11:28, which states, “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup,” challenges us to examine and check our hearts before the table. I believe Paul sought to heighten our minds, souls and bodies to contemplate and ponder the deep mystery that is this ancient ritual. When we approach the table with such contemplation, it becomes so much more than just emblems that we take. These very emblems—the bread and the wine— serve to show us the body that was completely broken and given to all, and the blood that was completely poured out for all. When we come to these emblems at this table, the divine nature that is all of life and Christ’s work become so much more real. We understand what these emblems are representing. They signify the reconciliation that Christ has ushered in by His death on the cross: the process of sanctifying all things to the Father.
COME TO THE TABLE
As we begin to understand this, we see another wonderful force at work: Christ died for all and His life is a gift to all. No matter who, no matter where, and no matter what. Personally, I felt like I had to get myself together and prepare for this divine moment of Communion. I felt bad that sometimes I wasn’t ready or prepared to partake, but I’ve learned the table is for us no matter what we are going through. We can come just as we are, because just as we are is who Christ died for. He pursues to redeem and restore, right now. Do you feel like you are just getting by right now? Like you’re just kind of numb to it all, like you’re just going through the motions and you don’t really see His presence in your life? Come to the table. Do you feel so desperate that you have nowhere to turn? Come to the table. Do you feel so ecstatic about life at the moment, and how God is moving that you just can’t contain the joy? Come to the table. The bread and the wine is Jesus telling us “I’m with you. I’m for you, and I know what you’re going through right now. I carry your burden; the very burden that feels like a world on your shoulders right now. I feel what you feel. Come and rest.”
JUST AS WE ARE
This gift is for all, just as we are, no matter what we are going through, wrestling with, confused about, worried about, anxious about, caught up about, angry about, apathetic about or tired about. The body was broken, the blood was poured. May we approach the table knowing, believing, and trusting that they were broken and poured for us just as we are right now.