Communion with Christ and Each Other

Just before He faces His ultimate trial, Jesus shares on last Passover meal with His disciples, at the end of which He inaugurates what we now call the Lord’s Supper (or Communion, or the Eucharist). This meal resembles the Jewish Passover, even as it announces and encapsules a new era in God’s dealing with His people. The blood of the lamb sprinkled over the door of each Israelite home finds its fulfillment in the blood of Christ which was shed on the cross. The death of a lamb foreshadows the self-sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God who alone can take away the sins of the world. Notice: There is no lamb mentioned in any accounts of the last Supper, though there almost certainly had to be one; are the Gospel writers trying to shine a beam of light upon the final Lamb? Deliverance from bondage to Pharaoh points towards release from slavery to the penalty, power, and finally the presence of sin. Eating the Passover with family looks to the creation of a new family born again through faith in Christ to become children of God. Formation of Israel as the people of God heralds the creation of the new people from every race and nation who belong to God through faith in Christ. Remembering the mighty deliverance by God from Egypt will be replaced by a memorial to the redemption from sin which was accomplished by Christ. Instead of a fellowship based on the blood of one’s parents, there will be a far deeper communion in the Holy Spirit, bought with the blood of Christ. The Mosaic Covenant, which featured laws that could not transform the soul, is displaced by the New Covenant, in which God’s laws are written on our hearts by the Spirit. How about you? Do you trust in Jesus as the only one who can save you from your sins? If you partake of the Lord’s Supper at church, do you remember with gratitude the mighty salvation which He has wrought for you, with faith and thanksgiving?