John, my husband, and I officiated a communion supper last night (Sept. 30, 2020) over the internet with our Zoom fellowship. It was a glorious time of fellowship, sharing, loving, and praying for one another.
John and I studied communion together, and put some thoughts together to share for the evening. Afterwards, our host, Bill Boylan, encouraged us to write those thoughts out and share them on our website. We thought. “well, this may help others”, so we decided to follow his encouragement.
The following is basically what we brought forth.
There is something we see in the ways of God in communion that we have not heard anyone talk about in the fellowship of the bread and wine. It goes clear back to the rainbow in the clouds. It is about God remembering, as well as us.
Genesis 9:13: “I do set my bow in the cloud. And it shall be as a token for the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud and I will remember my covenant”.
So, here is the point. God “saw” the sign and remembered His covenant.
The signs at the communion supper are bread and wine.
It is not like God forgets, nor do we, but it causes us to pause, to think upon it, remember all it means and refreshes our faith in Him.
This is a “way” of God. A “how” He works. Some following scriptures from the NKJV point us to this way in His handiwork.
Isaiah 43:6: (God is speaking) “Put me in remembrance, let us contend together, state your case that you may be acquitted (justified)”.
Nehemiah 1:8: “Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, if you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my name.”
Psalms 119:49: “Remember the word unto Your servant, in which You have made me hope.”
There are many, many other scriptures that point to the fact that God likes us to remind Him through remembering; both from God, and by man to God. So, it is a well- established principle that God likes us to remind Him – to bring Him into remembrance.
We believe God’s way in the rainbow, applies to the communion supper. We also believe this helps us to see His participation with us, which is huge. Not only do we remember, but so does He.
It is a time set aside, an act through which our connection with Him, and His connection with us, and with each other, is refreshed as we pause in mindful consideration of all He has done for us, and we, as brothers and sisters, kindly and purposely, share our love and concern for one another.
We bring to remembrance what Jesus did for us in His flesh, though He is here now with us in the Kingdom – spiritually speaking – participating with us.
John and I think Jesus, knowing us, knew we would need a reference point, to come together to celebrate His victory, to identify with His suffering – a positive reminder to God and ourselves through a tangible sign like bread and wine as a promise even like the rainbow in Genesis.
This stirs us to “jointly believe”, being conscious of His broken body, so we could be made whole, and the covenant ratified with His spilled blood for our eternal life.
This action of fellowship is by faith through grace, even as for our salvation. We are outwardly demonstrating to our Father, His covenant with Christ; that we might receive all the benefits of healing and wholeness, communing together, collectively participating in love for one another, forgiving and being forgiven. (“I think I had the most faults when we shared communion”…lol)
After a time of sharing, John said these words as we participated in the greatest of all suppers:
“Through the signs of the bread and wine to our Father, we, who are many, partake of ONE BREAD, and drink of ONE CUP, so that our life in this world will be nourished and strengthened.
God, feed us…
Empower us to live as believers in this world.
Father, as you remember, we remember also. With our heartfelt thanksgiving and this broken bread that represents Christ’s broken body given for us, we now eat in remembrance of all Jesus purchased for each of us.
This cup of wine I hold, that represents the New Covenant between our Father and Jesus, an agreement confirmed and sealed with the blood of Christ poured out as a sacrifice for us, we receive now, also with our heartfelt thanksgiving”.
I HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE: BONNIE