Going Through The Motions

Genesis 14:18,19a
"And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine.
(He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed [Abram]."

My husband and I recently started going to a new church.  We didn't know anyone; we didn't know a lot of the songs sang at worship.  Because it was the first Sunday of the month, they had communion.  Finally, something familiar.  

Same wafers, same plastic cups with juice, same Scripture read.  It was a relief to have something familiar among all of the difference.  

That is until the cup was blessed.  The pastor said a prayer and we drank.  I nearly spit out my juice, I looked at my husband and he had nearly done the same.  It was not the familiar grape juice we had expected, instead it was strawberry juice.  

I recount this story not to condemn our church, not by any means.  I tell it only as a warning.  Communion has almost become a habit, a routine.  For many Christians, it has lost its meaning.  That's a dangerous place to be.  

Communion means becoming one with another.  As a church, we are becoming one with Christ as a body as we eat and drink together.  Communion is also a time where we remember what Christ has done for us.    

"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
Matthew 26:26-28, ESV

The Last Supper, where the above words were spoken, is a direct parallel to a meal shared by Abraham (then Abram) and Melchizedek, the priest king.  

"And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine.
(He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed [Abram]."
Genesis 14:18,19a ESV

There are many theories about who Melchizedek was, one of which being the pre-incarnate Christ.  Christ is both our High Priest and King, like Melchizedek was to his people.  Isn't interesting that the Last Supper may have actually been the second time Christ had such a meal? 

The history behind communion is important to understanding why we do what we do but it's not the end of the story.  We don't have to stop at having communion once a month as a church.  

We can have communion with God every single day through prayer and Bible readings. We are a forgetful people, we struggle to remember all the good God has done for us. Having daily quiet times helps us remember all that God has done.  We do this not just because it's a good thing to do or even because it's the "Christian" thing to do, but rather we do it to honor God by remembering Him as a church and as individuals.  

What has God done for you?  Will you take a moment to remember Him and all He has done?  

See You In The Round!