Thursday, August 16, 2007

How do we communion?

Lots of post have been written about communion. Codepoke has written very moving posts on communion take the time to read them.

Missy has been thinking about communion.

All of this thought and the discussion got me thinking.

Is it to be a celebration or a mirthless occasion?

I’ve been told both.

I started to think of that "Last Supper"

What was the mood like?

Could you feel a shift in the air?

Did Jesus show any signs as to what was about to come?

And as I often do I made it my own

I began to think of what it might be like walking into that home for that meal.
Judas like a thief trying to hide what he had done. He stopped to look at his reflection in pool of water, he couldn’t help but see his treachery. Satan had been talking to him all along and now he has won. What was it inside him that made him give Jesus away for only a few pieces of silver? He tries to justify it as he walks in, look at Him always so perfect. He straitened himself and moved to his place.

Jesus washed their feet. That’s a big thing. Take the time to really read it, give it time to roll around in your mind. Have you ever walked into a room to have a meal with your friends and been surprised by having your feet washed?

I haven't


I realize that some of you know how I feel about feet so you might think sure Milly thinks it’s huge she wouldn’t do it. You know I don’t know now. I really gave this some thought. He not only washed their feet he washed the feet of those who would hurt him later and He knew it. He told them.

Now here’s the part where we are so set apart from Jesus. If those who were hurting me were about to have a meal I’d most likely not want to touch their dirty feet but if I did and I knew that they were going to betray me I’d have a bit of sarcasm in my tone when I spoke of some still being unclean. I might even smirk and look see if they might confess. I don’t believe that Jesus did such, it wasn’t in His heart. He knew that they were fulfilling the prophecy.


When He told them at that meal what they were going to do only one wasn’t surprise, he had already set the wheels in motion. I wonder if fear or anger gripped Judas? Hatred? What ever it was could it have been an emotion that he could hide?

A sociopath could hide it, I don’t think he was one.

The others might have sensed something in Judas except that Jesus was different that night. His words were cause for concern.

Did they look at each other thinking "It has to be him not me"


I doubt the mood was the usual one of talk of the day and listening to Jesus teach. This meal was different.


To celebrate or to mourn?

Still I don’t know.

Jesus gave His life for us for our sins His beautiful life. Jesus came to this earth knowing He’d go through all of it for us.

Humbled for sure.

Honored.


Unworthy I don’t like thinking that because it almost feels like we don’t get it we don’t deserve Him and yet we don’t.


So I have no real words for the feeling that I feel that I should have for this moment. I do know that at times I make that meal of the Lord about me. For me. How can I make it about what it should be when I can’t put a word on it? It’s almost like trying to say YHWH you have to let the air out to say it. You have to let your breath of life out to say YHWH and breathe in new air, new life.


Celebrate?

It’s a moment of giving, Jesus gave to us so we should celebrate His gift of life to us through His death.

I asked my son what he thought and being a wise young person who gives most things a bit of thought he said this about communion:

"All of God’s glory doesn't take place on the cross you need to focus on Jesus, on the examples He set for us."


This Sunday I will focus on what a gift I am receiving from Jesus not just from the cross but in all of God's glory.

6 comments:

Missy said...

Milly, these thoughts are beautiful and thought-provoking. What a wise young man you have!

I've been thinking about Jesus' words spoken in this moment for some time, maybe it's time to write about it. Thanks!

Patchouli said...

I always feel like I've just had "coffee and a donut time" when I read your posts--a kind of communion, I believe.

Kansas Bob said...

I'm with Patchouli on this one. I feel like communion should be an intimate time of sharing the cup and bread with each other as we remember Jesus. You can follow my thinking and those who commented at my place.

byevad said...

To me, communion is a time of remembrance. Sometimes that remembrance is somber. Sometimes it's celebratory. The thing that strikes me is that Jesus said that the time was to remember Him. He didn't say that it was time to remember the cross... although, He and the cross are inseparable at times.

I guess I don't have a formula. I have tried to put myself in the "shoes" of the guys at the last supper. I have tried to put myself in the shoes of some of the people Jesus healed in miraculous ways. I have recounted the ways that Jesus has healed me.

No formula, just remembrance: at times somber, at times celebratory.

Milly, I echo what others have said about you. I appreciate the way you put your thoughts on virtual paper!

Milly said...

Ahh thanks ya'll.

If we can't talk like we're talk'n then why talk at all?

harland said...

Milly, these thoughts are beautiful and thought-provoking. What a wise young man you have!

I've been thinking about Jesus' words spoken in this moment for some time, maybe it's time to write about it. Thanks!


I appreciate it