Easter can become so familiar to us that we easily lose the wonder of its significance. We need to stop and remember. Sharing in communion helps us to do just that and we will have that opportunity on Good Friday.
But again, it can become nothing more than a ritual that we go through that fails to impact our lives. So what does it really mean when we break the bread and drink the cup? Something that I read from Tim Keller recently helped me to consider the wonder of communion and Easter in a new light.
“When Jesus said, I am the bread of life, he says, I am God made breakable for you.” Wow! The Almighty creator and sustainer of the universe and our lives purposely and willingly made Himself breakable for you!
This is the message of Easter and what we remember when we share in communion. As Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples he said, “This is my body given for you.” Luke 22:19. Previously he had said, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry.” John 6:35.
The wonder of Easter, which we celebrate in communion, is that Christ allowed His body to be broken that we might be made whole in Him. God made himself breakable that we might share in His wholeness. In our brokenness Christ feeds us with Himself and gives us life.
Such is the mystery of His grace and the vastness of His love that He should be broken for us!
Don’t let this Easter be just another holiday or communion be just another ritual. As you break the bread remember that God made himself breakable for you. As you drink the cup remember that God allowed Himself to be poured out for you.
Fall on your knees like Thomas and cry in worship, “My Lord and My God.” John 20:28.
- Pastor Sam Devine