This morning we are on our way to a supporting church in Bellville, Texas, and we are going to be celebrating communion with them. One of the things that strikes me most about the Lord’s Supper is that it is an unfinished meal. When Jesus celebrated it with his disciples for the first time, he gave his cup to the disciples and said, “I will not drink again until I drink it with you in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus left his cup on the table, and now when we celebrate communion, we’re not starting a new meal, we’re simply coming back to the table. Our experience now is linked to the past, and is linked to the future. It connects us to the past and helps to bring the past into the present. It show that Jesus’ words, “Do this in remembrance of me,” is not just a mental exercise.
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper is not supposed to be like reviewing our class notes for a history exam, reviewing what some duchess did in the Middle Ages, which has little relevance to me. Rather, we are participating In that original, historical event by coming back to a meal that was never finished.
But in the future, when Jesus returns, he will pick up his cup from off the table, and we will all drink together. We’ll bring the meal to it’s close.
The celebration of this meal with Jesus is a picture of the plan of God for our restoration and reconciliation with him. Now, we see through a glass darkly, but then, at the wedding supper of the Lamb, we will see him and fellowship with him face to face!