“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf” (1Cor 10:16, 17)
Today, being the last Sunday of the year, we had a glorious Holy Communion service. The Lord instituted it as a memorial to Him. The theologians call Water Baptism and the Holy Communion ‘sacraments’. The word sacrament in Latin means something holy, sacred. It is a thing of God. For example, eating bread and butter is a common thing. But the Holy Communion is a sacred thing. In the ancient Roman army, a sacrament was a military term. It refers to the oath of allegiance of the soldiers to their Commander. They promise to be loyal to their commander even unto death. Today, we re-surrendered our lives to Christ! We renewed our allegiance to the Lamb of God!
Today we remembered the Person of our Savior. We took the Holy Communion in the memory of Him. Wine is bitter and sweet. We remembered the bitter pain of the Cross when He died for our sins. We also tasted the sweetness of salvation, of freedom from sin.
The cup is called ‘a cup of thanksgiving’. We thanked God for His love, protection, guidance and grace this year; over us as a people and as a church. The Holy Communion is a fellowship, ‘a participation’ in the Blood of Christ. It does not need a human sermon. It speaks of itself. ‘Participation’ is a very strong word. It means that we share our lives together. “I am Yours Lord and You are mine…” We have fellowship with the Father and the Son (1Jn 1:3).
The Holy Communion ministers grace in a special way. It is true that grace comes thru the hearing of God’s Word and prayer. But the Holy Communion brings a special type of grace, unique in its manifestations. Today we are reminded that though we are many and we have different gifts, at the Lord’s Table we have fellowship with one another by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are also reminded of our responsibility to the Body of Christ. If I am strong, I minister strength to others. If I commit sin, then I pollute the Body, I weaken it. We prayed for the grace to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and to be a blessing to the brethren.
The choir led us in this wonderful “Hillsong”:
“Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!
I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine”
We hearts full of thanksgiving today worshiped God. O, the privilege of worshiping the Living God…The presence of God was very powerful in our midst. The unique special exquisite grace reserved for the friends of Jesus, at His table, was our portion today. Our God will lead us safely into the New year! We shall serve Him forever! To God be all the glory!